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Kerala High Court extends stay on trial in Sessions court against Malayalam actor

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New Delhi (ILNS): The Kerala High Court today extended its stay order on a trial at the Additional Sessions Court in Ernakulam, where a female actor has filed a complaint of rape against Malayalam actor Dileep and others. The stay on the trial has been extended to November 16.

The victim actor, as well as the state government, have prayed before the Court to transfer the case from the present trial Court.

Justice PV Kunhikrishnan considered the plea of the survivor actor and the state government held that that plea will also be considered again on November 16. 

Earlier, the high court had deferred the trial proceedings till today and today it was extended again, because the senior government pleader, who appeared for the state government, is presently under quarantine. 

The trial of the case was being considered by the Additional Sessions Court in Ernakulam. An allegation was made that this court has been showing a discriminatory approach. The Government also argued that a fair trial in the case would not be possible before the Additional Special Sessions Judge. 

The Special Prosecutor appointed to conduct the trial had faced extreme difficulties during the trial due to the hostile and partisan attitude of the Sessions Court.

Further, the survivor was harassed during the trial by the Counsel of accused Dileep. The counsel was asking defamatory questions to the victim. Even then the court didn’t stop him.

-India Legal Bureau

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