Supreme Court of India has granted anticipatory bail to Malayalam cine actor Vijay Babu who was booked for rape.
The vacation bench comprising of Justices Indira Banerjee and JK Maheshwari, have ordered that it was wrong on part of police to interrogate the accused-actor after July 3
“We decline to interfere with Kerala HC order. Except that we modify the part on interrogation. we make it clear that the petitioner may be interrogated beyond July 3, 2022, if necessary,” the Court ordered.
Anticipatory bail was granted to cine actor Vijay Babu by the Kerala High Court in a rape case registered against him after he was alleged of having sexually exploited an actress .
The cine star Babu who was absconding did a Facebook Live from Dubai refuting the allegations of rape. The actor then moved to the High Court for anticipatory bail which was allowed.
The top court said that the plea has risen an important issue as to whether an accused, who is absconding, can be granted anticipatory bail to be prompted of coming of his hiding and join investigation.
The plea also contended that the bail order paves the way for all rich and influential persons accused of serious offences to have their custodial interrogation be made indispensable leading to a travesty of justice.
The plea said that the bail needs to be set aside so the police can carry a free and fair probe in the matter, the plea .
It accuses that the actor with his influence has higher echelons of the industry has pressured the survivor against pursuing the case.
The accused as plea can also tamper evidence and influence witness.