26 May 2022 10:31 AM GMT
The Kerala High Court on Thursday urged the prosecution to give some time to Malayalam actor-producer Vijay Babu to return to India and submit himself before the Court in his plea for anticipatory bail in the case where an actress accused him of sexually exploiting her.Justice Gopinath P. observed that there are cases where the accused was not brought to India on time which led to them...
The Kerala High Court on Thursday urged the prosecution to give some time to Malayalam actor-producer Vijay Babu to return to India and submit himself before the Court in his plea for anticipatory bail in the case where an actress accused him of sexually exploiting her.
Justice Gopinath P. observed that there are cases where the accused was not brought to India on time which led to them getting citizenship elsewhere such as the Mehul Choksi case.
"I am only trying to help the prosecution by bringing him to the jurisdiction. How can I be more explicit?"
The Court also said that this was the only reasonable way to get justice for the victim in the case.
"Are you playing to the gallery or trying to ensure the victim gets justice? If we don't bring him here, how will the defacto complainant get justice?"
The matter will be taken up tomorrow.
Today, the prosecution sought the dismissal of the plea pointing out that the allegations were grave and that he has been fleeing from justice ever since the case was registered.
"The accused cannot dictate terms to the court," it submitted.
When the matter was taken up earlier this week, the Court had orally directed the actor to make himself available to the jurisdiction of the court and to produce his return tickets to India.
As per the de facto complainant, the actor 'gained her trust by being friendly and advising her' when she was a newcomer in the industry. She added that he sexually exploited her under the guise of being a 'saviour' to her when it came to personal and professional issues.
A complaint was thereby registered against him with the Ernakulam police. Meanwhile, the actor hosted a Facebook Live and denied all allegations raised against him. However, during this live streaming, he revealed the survivor's name which led to further backlash. A separate case has been registered under IPC Section 228A (disclosure of the identity of the victim in certain offences) against the actor for revealing her identity on a public platform
Earlier this month, a lookout notice was issued against the actor who has been on the run since the accusations surfaced.
In his bail application moved through Advocate S. Rajeev, he has submitted that he did an advertisement for the Kerala Police in which the de facto complainant was his co-star. According to him, she has been contacting him frequently seeking more opportunities in the Malayalam movie industry. Although he kept explaining that he has no role in casting, the de facto complainant allegedly kept contacting him.
The petitioner has argued that the de facto complainant kept calling him and leaving him numerous messages at odd hours. He claims to have saved all these messages, photos and videos sent by the de facto complainant and that he is willing to produce the same before the investigating agency.
According to him, the de facto complainant is merely trying to blackmail him by filing this false case. He added that while the survivor may be free to raise allegations against anyone, the statutory authorities are duty-bound to ascertain the truthfulness of the allegation before tarnishing or defaming an individual based on a complaint which could not be substantiated.
The actor has submitted that he has strong apprehension of arrest since the police officers are allegedly guided by the media reports. He alleges that the officers want to arrest him due to pressure from the media and to create news for the media.
Vijay Babu has also contended that all the details of the case were available on social media and print media even before the FIS or FIR were uploaded, which according to him proves the unholy nexus between the police and the media. Accordingly, he has sought the Court to grant him protection under Section 438 CrPC.
Case Title: Vijay Babu v. State of Kerala & Anr.