2017 actress assault case: SC dismisses survivor’s plea to change trial courtroom

The Supreme court on Friday pushed aside a plea moved by a survivor in a sexual assault case during which actor Dileep is an accused, seeking that the be counted be transferred to an extra lower court docket.

The survivor had alleged that Dileep, the eighth accused in the case, had shut ties with the trial choose and her husband.

A bench of justices Ajay Rastogi and C T Ravikumar stated the Kerala excessive courtroom had already decided the concern of bias in its judgment.

Rejecting the petitioner's contentions, the high courtroom had, on September 22, stated it become of the firm view that her apprehensions concerning a possible interference in a fair trial have been now not cost effective.

"probably, the widespread discussions and debates carried out and being performed by using various news channels in reference to this case for a number of days and months created some wrong perceptions about the trial of the case, and it apparently influenced the ordinary public at giant, including the petitioner.

"although I do locate that this petition is submitted by means of the petitioner with all bona fides, I actually have all of the motives to expect that she is a sufferer of such wrong perceptions and aspersions created by way of the media," the high court had said.

The petitioner had contended that she would not get justice if the reduce courtroom turned into now not modified and that the trial would no longer be reasonable.

by the way, it was on the survivor's plea that the excessive court docket had, in 2018, deploy a special courtroom with a lady judge for the trial that had commenced in 2020.

The survivor, in her plea, had additionally alleged that there have been a few circumstances where the special public prosecutor changed into unable to proceed with the trial and that there have been repeated and chronic makes an attempt on Dileep's half to impact and intimidate the witnesses.

She had pointed out when the choose become transferred from a particular court because the fundamental periods decide, the case was additionally transferred to her court and claimed that the transfer of the case by way of an administrative order turned into no longer legal.

The survivor, an actress who has labored in Tamil and Telugu movies, turned into allegedly kidnapped and molested internal her vehicle for two hours by the accused, who had pressured their approach into the car on the evening of February 17, 2017 and later, escaped in a busy enviornment.

The entire act become filmed with the aid of the accused to blackmail the actress, according to the prosecu


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