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Actor Dileep denied bail by Kerala HC again

Actor Dileep's second bail plea has been refused by the Kerala High Court in the actress molestation case.

Actor Dileep’s second bail application has been rejected by the Kerala High Court in the actress molestation case.

The actor has been under custody since 3rd July after he was arrested for conspiracy charges abduction and sexual assault on an actress. His first bail application was rejected on July 24 by the Kerala HC. 

The prosecution claimed that the accused repeatedly tried to contact the victim after the incident happened. According to the prosecution, the  tower location, the CCTV footage and oral evidence are available to show that the letter forwarded to Appunni was prepared by the accused inside the jail itself. The prosecution has evidence to show that the accused had written the letter addressed to the victim inside the jail. It also had phone records of calls being made by the accused to doubtful persons, including ones connected to the victim.

The bail was hence rejected by Justice Sunil Thomas, as he noted “the investigation is still progressing.  There does not appear to be any substantial change of circumstance.  Having considered the entire facts, I am not inclined to grant bail to the petitioner at this stage.  Bail application fails and is dismissed.”

According to the bail law in India, courts have discretion to decide the grant of bail to an accused in a non-bailable matter. Molestation of a woman is a crime under the Indian Penal Code, 1860 which is non-bailable. Depending upon the circumstances and gravity of offence, the court decides whether an accused should be allowed bail or not.

Bail is not a matter of right, therefore, an accused must procure such an advocate to represent their case who shall prepare a strong bail application to submit in the court. Also, if there is no evident danger to the victim due to release of an accused, the court shall grant a bail on receiving an amount of surety, also known as bail bond.

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Reviewed by:
Simran Bhullar
Published on 30-Aug-17

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