Malayalam actress molestation: Actor booked for revealing identityAju Varghese

In the Malayalam actress molestation case, actor-producer Aju Varghese was booked for disclosing the name of assaulted actress on social media while supporting actor Dileep, who has been made one of the main conspirators in the case.

They also seized Varghese's mobile phone using which he had allegedly posted the social media message. He has been charged under Section 228 A of the IPC (Disclosure of identity of the victim of certain offences).

After getting booked, the actor could face arrest for naming the Malayalam female actor, who was subjected to sexual assault earlier this year. His statement was recorded by police at Kalamassery station and was questioned from 11.30 am to 2.00 pm in a case filed by one Gireesh Babu, during which the actor’s iPhone was also seized. He has been booked under section 22 B (A) of the IPC.

In a report by The News Minute Kalamassery Circle Inspector said, "Aju has admitted to naming the woman survivor and he had apologised at the time. We have now confiscated his iPhone. It is from this phone that he had updated the Facebook post. We have sent the phone for scientific examination to verify whether the post was uploaded from this device. After the results arrive, we will proceed to arrest Aju Varghese."

The actor had earlier expressed regret over revealing the identity of the actress. The popular actress, who has worked in Tamil and Telugu films, was abducted and allegedly molested inside her car for two hours by the accused, who had forced their way into the vehicle on February 17 and later escaped in a busy area here.

Six persons, including 'Pulsar' Suni, have been arrested in connection with the incident. After his arrest, on the charge of conspiracy, Dileep has been expelled from various film forums, including the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA), as the industry rallied behind the actress.

The popular Malayalam actress, who has worked in Tamil and Telugu films, was abducted and allegedly molested inside her car for two hours by the accused, who had forced their way into the vehicle on February 17 and later escaped in a busy area here.

-with agency inputs