The actor is a prominent name in the Malayalam film industry and has acted in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films too. She has won several awards.
The man driving her car, Martin, and Sunil Kumar, aka Pulsar Sunil, a historysheeter, allegedly connived to stage an accident before she was raped. While Martin has been arrested, Sunil, the main accused, is on the run with four others. Sunil was the actor’s driver till a few months ago. “An FIR has been registered with sections of rape, criminal intimidation, criminal conspiracy and relevant sections of the IT Act,” said a senior police officer. Police said the actor’s medical examination has confirmed rape.
“Since sexual harassment is involved, the actor’s identity cannot be revealed. An investigation is on in this regard,” Kochi city police commissioner M P Dinesh said. The actor underwent a medical examination at Kalamassery Medical College and gave a detailed statement in camera at the Kalamassery magistrate court. Preliminary investigation revealed that Sunil got Martin the driver’s job. Police have also traced records of phone conversations and text messages between Martin and Sunil. “The duo made over 40 phone calls to each other on Friday, apart from sending several text messages,” said an officer with Ernakulam Rural police.