In a further setback to actor Dileep, an accused on bail in the actress abduction case, the Kerala High Court on Monday allowed to re-examine three and summon 5 new witnesses in the ongoing trial.
The plea to this effect was filed by the state against the trial court’s order rejecting its request to re-examine witnesses after film director Balachandra Kumar made fresh statements related to the case, early this month.
The court on Monday asked to see that the entire exercise of adducing additional evidence be concluded in 10 days.
Besides, it also directed the Director General of Prosecution to see that a new Special Public Prosecutor is deputed or some other alternative arrangement is made to conduct the case on behalf of prosecution and ensure that the examination of the witnesses and production of the documents is done within a period of 10 days.
Incidentally, the trial in the case suffered a jolt when the special public prosecutor relinquished his post and this was the second time that such a thing has happened and now with a fresh order, a new counsel is expected to take over.
Things when it appeared to go smoothly for Dileep in the trial, turned topsy turvy when Kumar made an appearance and spilled the beans when he said that Dileep soon after being released on bail saw the visuals which showed the beleaguered actress who was kidnapped being physically attacked by her tormentors, while she was abducted.
Until this time it was only the trial court which had seen this and by now Kumar who made this and more disclosures has testified before the police and also a magistrate.
And based on these disclosures, the police probe team registered a fresh case and Dileep sensing that he might be arrested sought anticipatory bail, which will be heard on Tuesday and the state informed the court last week, that until this is heard, they will not arrest the actor.
Dileep was arrested in 2017 and lodged in prison in a case related to a gang sexually assaulting a frontline heroine of South Indian movies and filming the scenes.
After two months in jail, he was released on bail.
7 soldiers killed, 19 injured in Ladakh road accident
Seven soldiers were killed and 19 others injured in a road accident in Ladakh on Friday, defence sources said.
According to the sources, 26 soldiers were injured in the road accident in Turtuk area of Ladakh.
“Seven soldiers died on the spot while 19 others were injured. The injured soldiers have been airlifted to military hospital in Chandigarh,” a defence source said.
Human-animal conflict, elephant shot dead in Karnataka
The conflict between man and wildlife has come to the fore in Karnataka once again. On Friday, an elephant was shot dead in an agricultural field near Alur taluk in Hassan district.
Forest officials said that the elephant was a 20-year-old male. They are gathering information to trace the culprits.
Sources said that about 5 elephants have died unnatural deaths in the region in the past 1 year.
The villagers maintain that their repeated appeals to address the elephant menace is falling on deaf ears. “The government has closed their eyes on us. We are struggling and fighting to protect the crop that we grow for food,” they said.
There are more than 20 wild elephants in the region and they destroy crops and attack villagers. However, though protests are staged, the authorities do not bother about the problem, the villagers stated.
Forest officials maintain that the killing was the result of human-animal conflict. An investigation will be conducted and the killers would be nabbed, they said.
Hybrid terrorist arrested in Srinagar
Jammu and Kashmir police and security forces have arrested one hybrid terrorist belonging to the LeT along with arms and ammunition from Bemina area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar district, officials said on Friday.
Police said acting on a specific tip-off about the movement of terrorists Bemina area, a joint checkpoint was set-up by Srinagar Police, Army’s 2nd RR and valley QAT CRPF at Bemina crossing.
“An individual suspiciously approaching towards the checkpoint was challenged who tried to flee from spot but was apprehended tactfully by the alert party,” police said.
He has been identified himself as Nasir Ahmad Dar, resident of Gund Brath Sopore. On his personal search, one pistol, one magazine and five live rounds were recovered from his possession.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that, the arrested accused was working as a hybrid terrorist of proscribed terror outfit LeT outfit and was involved in delivering pistols in Srinagar city to carry out targeted killings,” a police officer said.
A case has been registered and further investigation is in progress.
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