Kochi: In a dramatic move, the Crime Branch today accused actor Dileep of not cooperating with the police and sought his custody while the High Court posted the case for Saturday.
After questioning Dileep and others for 33 hours as per the direction of the High Court, the police had asked them to surrender their old phones which they had not done.
The prosecution argued that this tantamounts to destroying of the evidence and not cooperating with the investigation.
The Court said that it was unheard of an accused conducting an examination of his own evidence.
When Dileep justified his action by expressing suspicion over the integrity of the prosecution, the Court said he could have surrendered it to the registrar.
Dileep said he had given it to IT experts to retrieve the details of his communications fearing that it would be misused if handed over to the prosecution helping the media to conduct their trial.
Dileep said that the Crime Branch was making attempts to trespass into his privacy by making attempts to take control of his phone.
He said he would surrender the details of the retrieved data of the phone before the court.
Dileep and a few others had started using new phones after the investigation team booked them recently for conspiring to harm police officials who probed the actor abuse case of 2017.
Today’s move by the Crime Branch was dramatic as the prosecution had sought time till February 2 to decipher the digital evidence collected by it during the 33 hours of questioning allowed by the court.
The court had allowed the questioning while hearing Dileep’s anticipatory bail plea the other day.