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CPI(M) Kerala unit secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan today said the arrest of actor Dileep in the abduction and sexual assault case of an actress has shown that everyone was equal before law. "However high a person may be, he is equal before law. There was a general feeling among the public that the high and mighty will not be touched.
But with the arrest of the actor that misunderstanding stands corrected," Kodiyeri said at Kannur. If police could arrest Dileep, they have all the freedom to nab and arraign as accused any others found involved in the case, he said. Opposition leader in the assembly Ramesh Chennithala said the actor was arrested after a prisoner who shared the cell with main accused Pulsar Suni, had given important leads to the police. He said the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) should be disbanded and its President Innocent, MP, and actors Ganesh Kumar and Mukesh, both MLAs, who all were people's representatives, should also resign as they had supported Dileep throughout. Chennithala also criticised Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for his statement that there was no conspiracy angle in the case. KPCC President M M Hassan said the arrest of Dileep had been delayed by five months due to Vijayan's statement that there was no conspiracy. Marxist veteran V S Achutanandan said the government should also probe into the wealth accumulated by office bearers of various film organisations. In the Malayalam film industry, he alleged, mafia style activities were rampant and probe should go into the various financial dealings in the industry. He also sought a comprehensive probe into the alleged drug trade in the field. Actor politicians, Mukesh and Ganesh Kumar, who had come in for criticism for allegedly speaking rudely to the media and supporting Dileep at an AMMA press meet two weeks ago, today hailed the LDF government's action in arresting the actor. Mukesh said he was "fully satisfied" with the police investigation. The government has once again made it clear that it would not protect the culprits, he said. Ganesh Kumar said Dileep's arrest shows that no pressure had been mounted on the government for not taking any action against the actor.
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