Kerala govt moves SC to cancel bail of actor-producer Vijay Babu in rape case
Thiruvananthapuram, June 29, 2022
Actor-producer Vijay Babu, who got anticipatory bail from Kerala High Court in an alleged rape case on June 22, suffered a jolt on Wednesday when the state government moved the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of his bail.
Babu was given bail early this month by the Kerala High Court, while he was outside the country which is being challenged by the Kerala government.
Apparently on Monday, his arrest was recorded by the local police here and he was given bail.
According to the anticipatory bail conditions, Babu has been asked to appear before the police probe team starting June 27 and the police have been granted time to interrogate him: seven days between June 27 and July 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.
The court also asked him not to leave the state under any circumstances.
The police are using this time to take him to various places as part of evidence collection.
Babu got the anticipatory bail after almost two months of a long-drawn legal battle.
On April 22, an actress from Kozhikode filed a complaint in Ernakulam that she was raped and beaten by Babu several times in Kochi.
She also accused him of sedating her before sexual abuse.
As the news surfaced, Babu appeared live on his social media handle claiming that he was the "real victim" in this case, adding that he would take appropriate legal steps against the complainant whom he named.
The police, apart from the initial complaint, registered a second case against him for disclosing the name of the complainant.
Babu, who had left the country after the actress filed a case against him, returned after the court gave him a temporary relief that he will not be arrested till his anticipatory bail plea is disposed and till then whenever the probe team seeks his presence, he should present himself before them, which he did.
After fleeing the country, he had spent some time in the UAE and then moved to Georgia.