Police record Dileep and Nadirsha statements on the alleged conspiracy in actor assault case.

The case of abduction and sexual assault of a female actor in Kochi took a dramatic turn on Wednesday with the police subjecting actor Dileep and his actor-filmmaker friend Nadirsha to marathon questioning to collect their statements on the purported conspiracy behind the episode.

A police team led by Additional Director General of Police (South Zone) B. Sandhya began record the statements at the Aluva Police Club here from 12.30 p.m onwards. Besides the duo, Appunni, a close aide of Actor Dileep, gave his statement during the day.

The actors were questioned in separate rooms and so was Mr. Appuni. The trio will be questioned again in order to cross-check their statements.

Official sources said the interrogation pertained to both the abduction case as well as the alleged blackmailing bid on Mr. Dileep by Sunil Kumar, aka ‘Pulsar’ Suni, the key accused in the first case. “We are examining the allegations against Mr. Dileep in the abduction episode as well as those levelled by him,’’ they said.

Based on the statement from Dileep and Nadirsha, a decision on whether to register a case on the alleged blackmailing bid would be also made.

Prior to appearing for the interrogation, Mr. Dileep had claimed that the police had called him to collect his statement on a complaint over the blackmailing bid. “I am not ready for a trial by media and whatever I have to tell will be revealed to the police and the court. In the meantime, please do not misinterpret my words,’’ he told to media.

It had been over two months since the actor filed a complaint with the office of the State Police Chief on the alleged attempt to extort ₹1.5 crore from him. As per the complaint, a person identified as Vishnu contacted Mr. Nadirsha and Mr. Appunni over phone and sought the sum for not targeting Mr. Dileep.

Meanwhile, reports have now come out that Suni had promised a sum of ₹2 lakh to Vishnu for contacting Dileep over phone and handing over a letter to him.

An examination of the jail record suggested that Vishu, a former jail mate of Pulsar Suni, had visited the latter six times between March and May. Vishnu had earlier confessed to smuggling the phone inside the prison and handing it over to Suni for contacting Actor Dileep.