Actor-producer Vijay Babu has claimed that the relationship between him and the survivor actor who leveled allegations of sexua assault against him, were consensual. In his interlocutory application in the criminal petition seeking bail, filed at the Kerala High Court, he claimed that the problem between him and the survivor began after he decided to cast another actor in his upcoming film. He also said that he had all the proof necessary and submitted it to the court as additional documents and evidence. He asserted that the survivor was â€śfully awareâ€ť that he was married and â€śis aged 25 years and is capable of understanding things.â€ť
According to the petition he submitted on April 22, Vijay Babu claimed that the problem between him and the survivor began after he decided to cast Niranjana Anoop in his next film. Further, his petition also stated that he had given her money as loan on more than one occasion, as mentioned in her complaint. He said that he could prove it through bank statements.
Saying that he did not know the details of the First Information Report (FIR) while filing the bail petition, he said that he had â€śinsisted on asking one of her close friends to be in the roomâ€ť with them, and added the reasons would be proved through the documents attached with the petition. He also said that the actor auditioned for a film â€śwhich was recently released in Amazon Prime (not mentioning the name of the film not to disclose the identity of the alleged survivor).â€ť
Vijay Babu is accused of two things: allegedly sexually assaulting a female actor repeatedly and disclosing the survivor womanâ€™s identity through a Facebook live session, which was in clear violation of the law. Vijay Babuâ€™s version is that, on March 14, 2022, the survivor actor had received a call on his phone and asked the caller â€śnot to make calls in this numberâ€ť. He later came to know about the incident through a family friend, Niranjana Anoop, and had confronted the survivor, which had â€śprovokedâ€ť her.
Following this incident, he alleged that the survivor had sent him texts threatening him and was â€śaggrieved when she came to know that Niranjana Anoop is proposed to be castâ€ť in his next film. According to him, on March 18, the survivor had shouted at Niranjana and her mother, when they were on a meeting with Vijay Babu in a coffee shop. â€śShe sent a lot of abusive messages to Niranjana and her mother,â€ť he contended.
Babu has been absconding since the police filed a case against him with changes of rape following the woman's complaint. He then appeared in a Facebook live session, where he claimed innocence, saying he was the real victim. In the same session, he also revealed the name of the survivor. He has now agreed to appear before the authorities and the investigating officer on any date fixed by the Court.
On May 24, he submitted his air tickets before the Kerala High Court indicating his return to India on May 30. The tickets were submitted in court, a day after it said that his plea for anticipatory bail would be considered only after he produces travel documents indicating his return to the country. The actor survivor lodged a complaint with the police on April 22 alleging physical assault and sexual exploitation she had faced from the producer-actor.