Dileep and the other, who were charged with sexual assault on an actress, appeared before a special court on Monday, where the charges were read to them.
File photo of the actor Dileep. (PTI)
Malaysian actor Dileep and the other, charged with sexual assault on an actress, appeared before a special court in Ernakulam today. The court has indicted Dileep, who charged Pulsar Suni and eight others with the case.
All of the accused were asked by the court to appear today as the charges had to be read to them. Dileep is the eighth accused in this case. All of them have denied the charges.
The incident occurred on February 17, 2017, when a Malayalam actress was kidnapped and attacked in a moving car in Ernakulam. The crime was also filmed.
A judge hears the case on camera. The trial is expected to begin on January 29.
The court previously dismissed Dileep's appeal to dismiss him from the list of suspects. He had also sought 10 days to appeal to a higher court, but this was not allowed, given the Supreme Court's order in November 2019 that the trial should be completed in six months.
In February 2019, the High Court had instructed the CBI Special Court, Judge III Ernakulam Honey M Varghese, to complete the proceedings quickly while considering an appeal to refer the case to a court hearing, led by a judge.
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