ED raid at Bineesh Kodiyeri’s house stirs hornet’s nest

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The raid by the ED sleuths from Bengaluru at his house and business establishments in the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram and that of his business partners in other parts of the state followed the arrest of Bineesh last week in the wake of the busting of the Sandalwood drug racket.

The Enforcement Directorate’s raid at the house of Bineesh Kodiyeri, son of Kerala’s ruling CPI (M) secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan in connection with a money laundering case ended in high drama on Thursday, November 5, with some of the state agencies and even the party coming out against the central agency.  

The raid by the ED sleuths from Bengaluru at his house and business establishments in the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram and that of his business partners in other parts of the state followed the arrest of Bineesh last week in the wake of the busting of the Sandalwood drug racket.

Trouble started towards the end of the search on Wednesday when Bineesh’s wife Renita refused to sign a document vouching the recovery of a credit card issued in the name of his alleged business partnerand a key accused in the drug case, Mohammad Anoop, from the house, saying that it was planted by ED officers to implicate her husband.

The stand off continued with the ED officials spending the night in the house. The situation snowballed in the morning with relatives of Renita staging a sit-in before the house demanding entry to the house. They alleged that Renita, her mother and child were under the detention of the ED and demanded their immediate release.

As the ED sleuths did not relent, father of Renita filed complaints with the Kerala State Commission For Protection Of Child Rights and police. The commission officials arrived at the house and issued directions to ensure protection of Bineesh's two-and-half-year-old child.

Police officials from the Poojappura station also arrived at the spot and held talks with ED officials. Following the talks, the ED ended the search in the house and returned with the mobile phone of Renita’s father.

Meanwhile, the available secretariat of CPI (M) met in the state capital and condemned the raid, saying it is politicaly motivated. However, the party said that it will not interrupt the investigation into Bineesh Kodiyeri’s offences.  The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and party secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.

A statement issued after the meeting said that it will expose the human rights violations by the ED.

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