Days after he managed to secure bail, actor Dileep has written to the Home Secretary asking for a CBI probe into the Malayalam actor abduction and assault case.
According to Malayalam channels, the 12-page letter was sent two weeks ago to the Home Secretary.
Dileep has claimed in the letter that he has been trapped in the case by police officers and that he is innocent. Dileep has reportedly named ADGP Sandhya, DGP Loknath Behera and Ernakulam Rural SP George as the officers who willfully implicated him.
According to Dileep, he had informed the DGP that he was being blackmailed and threatened by Pulsar Suni, the main accused in the case. Dileep has alleged that despite him informing the police top brass that he was being blackmailed, it was not taken into account at all.
Declaring that he had no trust in the Kerala police and its investigation, Dileep has reportedly asked the state to order a CBI probe into the case. He has also asked for a re-investigation into the conspiracy angles in the case, various reports state.
Dileep has also asked the state to remove SP George, Crime Branch SP Sudarshan and DYSP Sojan Varghese from the investigation team.
The woman actor was kidnapped in February by a group of men. The Kerala police had alleged that Dileep had promised a hefty reward to these men for kidnapping the actor and recording visuals of her sexual assault.
However, the police have not yet recovered the memory card in which the visuals are believed to be recorded in.
The case has had major repercussions in Kerala’s film industry, with a clear divide emerging between those batting for Dileep and those against.
Can a private person demand CBI probe?
The Supreme Court has held that under the jurisdiction of Article 226 of the Indian Constitution, an accused can ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair manner.
In this case however, Dileep has written to the state government asking them to order a CBI probe. It now depends on the Kerala government and whether it would want to hand the case over to the CBI.
According to the CBI website: CBI can be approached by also sending the information/complaint by post, by SMS from a mobile phone, by making a phone call to the concerned Branch, by sending e-mails to its officers and by posting the information/complaint on this website.