SC refuses to cancel bail granted to Malayalam actor Vijay Babu in rape case

The Supreme Court, however, instructed him not to leave Kerala without prior permission

SC asked Vijay not to influence a witness or tamper with evidence and not to harass the victim with social media posts | Picture File

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to overturn the advance bail granted to Malayalam actor-producer Vijay Babu in a High Court alleged rape case, and ordered him not to leave Kerala without prior permission.

A vacation bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and JK Maheshwari has changed some bail conditions imposed on Babu by the High Court and said he could be questioned by police in connection with the case after 3 July, if necessary.

The bench also asked him not to influence a witness or tamper with evidence and not to harass the victim with social media posts. On Tuesday, the bench agreed to hear pleas from the Kerala government and an actress, who alleged rape by Babu challenging the High Court’s early bail.

On June 22, the high court granted Babu early bail.

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The high court had granted Babu relief conditional on him ‘surrendering’ to the Investigator (IO) on June 27 for questioning.

He can be questioned for the next seven days until July 3 and he must not contact or interact with the victim or any of the witnesses in the case, he said.

Other conditions imposed on him by the court were that he “shall not engage in any form of attack through social media or other modes against the victim or his family”, shall not leave Kerala, and if a new passport has been issued to him, return the same.

The court had further said that if the OI intended to arrest Babu, he would be released on bail if he executed a bail of Rs 5 lakh along with two bails of the same amount.

During the period from June 27 to July 3, he will be deemed to be in police custody ‘for facilitating the demands of the investigation’, the court had said allowing his early bail plea in the rape case .

Police had opposed his plea, saying the practice of filing bail applications outside the country should not be considered.

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The court did not accept the argument as it was of the opinion that an application for bail before the arrest can be filed even by a person residing outside the country.

The court had granted him interim protection from arrest on May 31 and since then it has been extended from time to time.

In his plea to the high court, Babu alleged that the rape case was filed to blackmail him.

He was accused of sexually assaulting an actress and leaking the identities of the victims via a Facebook live session.

The producer-actor also alleged in his plea that there is a ‘tendency’ to bring charges against anyone to tarnish someone’s image, who is popular in society and for the sake of publicity .

Babu had claimed he was innocent and was “greatly aggrieved” by the authorities’ one-sided approach to scapegoating him for news and media purposes.

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The woman, who had appeared in films produced by the Babus production house, filed a complaint with the police on April 22 and detailed via a Facebook post the physical assaults and sexual exploitation she allegedly suffered at the hands of the police. of the producer-actor for the past. a month and a half.

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