KOCHI — Malayalam superstar Dileep, arrested for alleged involvement in the conspiracy behind the kidnapping of an actress, was Oct. 3 granted bail by the Kerala High Court.
The bail conditions include surrendering his passport, furnishing a bond of Rs. one lakh and a pledge to stay away from witnesses in the case.
This was the third time that Dileep had approached the High Court for bail. Earlier, he had sought bail twice from the trial court.
Dileep was arrested July 10. The bail comes at a time when the police are set to file a charge sheet.
The arguments on the bail plea got over Sept. 29.
As the news spread of his bail, his fans started arriving in large numbers at the Aluva sub-jail near here where he has been lodged since his arrest.
Actor Mahesh, who had been defending Dileep all through, expressed happiness.
“Every time a bail plea was moved, we hoped against hope that he would get bail. Finally, the prayers of his fans have been answered,” he said.
The abduction took place in February when the actress was on her way from Thrissur to Kochi.
She was taken around in her vehicle forcefully for about two hours before being dumped near an actor-director’s home.
The key accused – Pulsar Suni and his accomplices involved in the actual abduction – were arrested a week later. After detailed questioning, police unearthed a conspiracy angle in the abduction and arrested Dileep.