Kochi: The Special Investigation Team probing the abduction and sexual assault of an actor filed a charge-sheet before a local court on Tuesday arraigning seven persons, with Sunil Kumar Surendran aka Pulsar Suni as the first accused. The charge-sheet filed before the Judicial First Class Magistrate court in Angamaly runs into 315 pages and testifies 165 witnesses. Vijeesh, Manikandan, Martin Joseph, Pardeep, Salim and Charley Thomas are the remaining accused.
All of them except Charley Thomas face charges of kidnapping, rape, criminal intimidation under IPC Sections 120 (b), 342, 366, 376, 506 (1), 212 and 341 and Section 66E, 67A of the IT Act. Charley Thomas, who had provided accommodation to Suni, a native of Neduvelikudi, Kodanad, Perumbavoor, and his accomplice in Coimbatore, has been found guilty of his involvement in the criminal conspiracy. The incident took place on February 17 when a gang led by Pulsar Suni allegedly intercepted the actor’s car on National Highway 544, near Parambayam. The victim was en route Kochi from Thrissur.
As per the complaint, the accused followed the actor in a van, engineered a minor collision with her car and abducted her by forcibly entering the car. They also abused her physically and shot a video on the same using a mobile phone. The SIT also submitted results of forensic examination of pieces of evidence like sim card recovered during the investigation. However, despite an extensive search, the cops are yet to retrieve the mobile phone used by the accused to capture the actor’s video.
Meanwhile, officials said ongoing probe into the criminal conspiracy behind it would continue, and as part of it, the sleuths are planning to interrogate Pratheesh Chacko, lawyer of Pulsar Suni, after taking him into custody. The police had already questioned the lawyer a couple of times after Suni told them during interrogation that he handed over the mobile phone containing the actor’s footage to him. Though the cops raided his residence and office in search of the phone, the same did not yield any result. “The lawyer will also be arraigned in the case if he is found guilty of attempting to conceal evidence,” sources said.