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A trial court has dismissed the plea of the prosecution seeking to cancel the bail granted to actor Dileep in the 2017 actress assault case.

The prosecution argued that Dileep, who is the eighth accused in this case, has influenced witnesses and tried to tamper with the evidence.

The prosecution further claimed that they have the evidence to prove this. But the court dismissed the plea late Tuesday.

On May 23, the assault survivor had approached the Kerala High Court seeking its intervention in the case to ensure justice and alleged that a move is being made to subvert the case.

In her plea, the actress alleged: “It is an attempt to influence the politicians in the ruling alliance to end the case. Despite the evidence that accused actor Dileep’s lawyers were trying to influence witnesses, they were excluded from the investigation by the probe team. It was informed that a move was being made to end the case in a hurry. This raises the question of whether this will lead to denial of justice.”

Earlier on May 24, the Kerala Communist Party of India (Marxist) secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan had said that the plea filed by the survivor in the 2017 actress assault case was mysterious and allegations raised by her against the state government were baseless.

Dileep is the Malayalam actor who has been the eighth accused in the case apart from Sunil Kumar, Martin Antony, Manikantan, VP Vijeesh, Salim, Pradeep, and Charley Thomas.

The case pertains that an actress, who worked in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu films, was allegedly abducted and molested inside her car by a group of men who had forced their way into the vehicle on the night of February 17, 2017.