Actor-producer Vijay Babu, who is charged with raping an actress, received anticipatory bail from the Kerala High Court in the case of Vijay Babu versus The State of Kerela & Anr. almost two months after the start of the long legal battle.
The police have been given permission to question him for seven days between June 27 and July 3, and they have asked him to appear before the police investigation team on June 27. Additionally, the court ordered him under no circumstances to leave the state.
On April 22, a Kozhikode actress reported that Vijay Babu had repeatedly assaulted her in a Kochi apartment, raped her, and beat her up. She also claimed that he had made her intoxicated prior to the sexual assault. When the news broke, Babu made a live video appearance on his social media account to assert that he was the “real victim” in this situation and to promise to take legal action against the complainant, whom he also named.
In addition to the initial complaint, the police have filed a second case against him for revealing the complainant’s identity. Vijay Babu, who left the country after the actress filed a case against him, returned after the court granted him a temporary reprieve, stating that he won’t be arrested until his anticipatory bail plea is resolved and that he should show up in person whenever the investigation team requests his presence up until that point.
After fleeing the country, he had spent some time in UAE and then moved to Georgia.
The anticipatory bail plea was approved by Justice Bechu Kurian Thomas under the stipulation that the investigating officer would have access to only limited custody of the actor. He claims in his bail application that the de facto complainant is merely using the false case against him to threaten him.
While the survivor is free to make accusations against anyone, he continued, the statutory authorities have a responsibility to investigate the claim before smearing or defaming a person based on a complaint that could not be supported. Although the actor claimed it was a consensual act, the prosecution claimed it was a case of sexual assault. The actor further stated that the complainant had orchestrated this case to avenge his refusal to grant her more movie roles.