The Malayalam actress abduction and sexual molestation case has shaken Kerala in a big way, with a series of controversies pertaining to how the film industry has been functioning and these scandals now refuse to die down. It all began with many twists and turns in connection with the abduction and brutal assault on a young Malayalam actress. The police investigation finally led to the arrest of Dileep, a leading actor who is also a producer, a film theatre owner, distributor and has many real estate properties across Kochi, some of which are now under ED scanner due to allegations reporting illegal encroachment. When Kerala High Court rejected the actor’s bail plea, it also observed in its written order that the actor has considerable clout and that releasing him on bail poses a clear threat to the life of the victim who is fighting her case for justice.
The actor’s marriage with Manju Warrier, their break up and his second marriage to Kavya Madhavan have now come under the radar of police investigation as relatives of both Dilip and Manju were questioned yesterday to understand what went wrong in their relationship. Dileep had moved for bail before the lower court and also the High Court but has not been granted bail till now.
Now comes the shocker! While everyone knows that the actor had divorced Manju Warrier in 2015 and married Kavya Madhavan the following year, Manorama News on Thursday had reported that Dileep had been married to another woman before he married Manju Warrier. According to the Manorama News report, Dileep’s first wife was a distant relative of the actor and is now settled in the Gulf. Their marriage was registered in the Aluva Desham Registrar office. Police are continuing efforts to retrieve more details regarding the same. Abhi, a mimicry artist and close friend of Dileep, is being questioned for more details of the actor’s first marriage to his relative.
Wondering why an actor’s marital status is critical in the investigation of a criminal case that pertains to the sexual assault of a Malayalam actress?
As per news reports in Manorama and Mathrubhumi, Pulsar Suni, the prime accused in the case, stated that he was given a ”quotation” by leading actor Dileep, who had allegedly demanded original video of the assault along with nude images of the young Malayalam actress. The motive attributed to Dileep is that the victim actress, who had been his first wife’s best friend, had given her information about his relationship with Kavya Madhavan, following which Manju Warrier walked out of the marriage and it ended in a divorce.
That such a popular actor is arrested for having conspired to carry out the abduction and brutal sexual assault of one of his own colleagues is shocking by itself. Now the latest shocker is that Manju Warrier is not his first wife.
It is also reported now that there are no clear records to prove his first marriage to his distant relative, which is likely to have an impact on the direction of the police investigation and on the trial. If the first wife is traced, her statement will be critical and if she is not traced, the police will find themselves in a tough spot to continue their investigation until the records are found.