After going into hiding for over two weeks, actor Dileep's driver Appunni surrendered before the Kerala police on Monday.
Appunni absconded soon after actor Dileep was arrested by the police on July 10, in connection with the abduction and alleged sexual assault of a woman actor in Kochi in February.
Appunni reached the Aluva Police Club at around 10 45 am on Monday, just days after the Kerala High Court rejected his anticipatory bail application. Rejecting the bail on Friday, the HC asked Appunni to surrender before the investigation team at the earliest. The police had told the court that it was imperative to question Appunni in the case.
Following this, the investigation team had served a notice to Appunni to reach the police club for questioning.
Although Appunni is not an accused in the case as of now, the remand that the police had submitted at the Angamaly Magistrate Court to get Dileep's police custody had mentioned Appunni's involvement in the conspiracy. In the remand report, the police had claimed that Appunni knew the prime accused Pulsar Suni.
However, in his anticipatory bail application and speaking to the police on Monday, Appunni has claimed that he does not know Pulsar Suni.
According to television reports, Appunni reached Aluva Police Club at around 10 45 am. Appunni's look-alike alighted from a car and media persons rushed to the man to confirm his identity. While the man claimed that he was Appunni and said that he does not want to comment on the case, another car -in which Appunni was traveling, entered the police club compound and managed to enter the club, away from the media attention.
How is Appunni connected to the incident?
As per the remand report, prime accused Pulsar Suni had made several calls to Appunni. The calls continued even after Suni was arrested. The police say that there are calls records to prove that Suni had contacted Appunni.
According to the police, Appunni is the person who received the letter Suni wrote to Dileep in his WhatsApp. On April 18, when Suni was produced before the Cherthala Magistrate Court in connection with another case, 9th accused Vishnu- at the instruction of Suni-tried to hand over a letter to Appunni, Dileep's driver. However, when this could not be done, Vishnu sent a picture of the letter to Appunni via WhatsApp.