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Malayalam actor Dileep being taken to Aluva jail on July 11, 2017. The actor is being questioned today by the crime branch in a non-bailable case related to the conspiracy to attack investigating officials of the actress-abduction and assault case Image Credit: IANS

Malayalam superstar Dileep was taken in for questioning at the Crime Branch police office at Kalamassery on Sunday in a non-bailable case related to the conspiracy to attack investigating officials of the actress-abduction and assault case.

The Kerala High Court on Saturday directed Dileep and four of his associates, including his brother, brother-in-law and two friends to appear before the Crime Branch police on Sunday for questioning in connection with an alleged conspiracy to kill police officers who investigated the abduction and sexual assault case in which Dileep is an accused.

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The court in an interim order on Saturday said that the accused will not be arrested until January 27 and that they be interrogated from January 23 onwards from 9am to 8pm. The court also directed the prosecutor to place before it a report on the interrogation of the accused and the proceedings that took place on January 27.

Dileep, his brother Anoop, his brother-in-law Sooraj, his aide Appu alias Krishnadas and close friend of the actor, Byju Chengamanad are under interrogation at the Crime branch office.

The superstar and his accomplices reached the Crime branch office at 8.55am and questioning commenced under the leadership of Crime Branch Superintendent of Police, C. Mohanachandran.

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Anu Sithara with Dikeep in Shubarathri Image Credit: Supplied

The actor, who is a popular star in Malayalam cinema, has been accused by a frontline South Indian heroine who was abducted and sexually assaulted by a gang of goons in 2007 and certain scenes were filmed to blackmail her.

The incident occurred in 2017 and after the main accused Sunil was arrested and questioned, the prosecution charged that Dileep was the main conspirator in the case. Dileep was arrested and jailed and spent two months in prison before getting bail and the trial of the case is going on.

However, a former close associate of Dileep, Balachandra Kumar, who is a movie director and had fallen out with the actor, came out with a revelation that the star had conspired to do away with the investigating officers in the case.

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Kumar revealed that Dileep, while watching a YouTube video of the then Superintendent of Police, A.V.A George, had reporteldy said that he would do away with the officer and would engage rowdy elements for this. His accomplices had reportedly said that they would have to spend Rs 15 million for this.

Balachandra Kumar had given his deposition before the magistrate court along with a few audio recordings he had made at the residence of Dileep regarding this.

The police officers, who Dileep had said that he would do away with are DGP, B. Sandhya, Additional DGP, S. Sreejith, SP’s A.V.George , S. Sudarshan and Deputy SP Byju Paulose.

Balachandra Kumar also revealed that Dileep had also allegedkt told that he would cut and remove the right hand of Superintendent Sudarshan who had assaulted him during police custody.