Aju Varghese Moves HC to Suspend FIR; Actress Not to Oppose    

Kochi: Actor Aju Varghese approached the High Court demanding the dismissal of the FIR filed against him for revealing the name of the actress, who was sexually abused in a vehicle recently, on social media.

He also submitted the affidavit of the actress, which states that she has no objection in cancelling the FIR against him. The actress also mentioned that Aju is her friend and he revealed her name not with a malicious intent. The HC will consider the petition later.

It may be recalled that the police charged a case against the actor as he mentioned the name of the actress in a Facebook message supporting actor Dileep, who was arrested in connection with the case.

Later Aju expressed his regret and apologized for using the victim’s name in the FB post. During the interrogation, the police also seized his cellphone.

On July 3, an FIR was filed against Aju Varghese and a case was registered under section 22 B (A) of the IPC. The action was based on a complaint filed by one Gireesh Babu, that Aju had violated the law by naming the woman survivor.

Aju Varghese was called in for questioning by the Kalamassery police on July 13. He was questioned from 11.30am till about 2pm.