Dileep finally gets bail

Malayalam actor Dileep, who was arrested in July in connection with the actress abduction and sexual assault case, was granted bail by the Kerala High Court.

Four bail pleas filed by Dileep were earlier rejected — twice each in a magistrate court at Angamaly and the high court.

The bail was granted by Justice Sunil Thomas after imposing stringent conditions, including surrendering of his passport, a deposit of Rs one lakh and two solvent sureties for the like amount.

Another condition was that he should not tamper with evidence and appear before investigating officers as and when required.

Granting him bail, Justice Thomas said investigation against Dileep was in the final stages and his further custody was not necessary.

The actor, arrested on July 10, was in judicial custody and lodged in the Aluva sub-jail for the past 85 days.

Dileep in his bail petition contended that he was totally innocent and that he was falsely implicated in the case as part of a larger conspiracy by a powerful section in the film industry with a view to ousting him from the field.