ED registers case against Kerala's ruling CPI (M) secretary’s son Bineesh Kodiyeri, freezes assets

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Trouble started for Bineesh ever since four national agencies started probing the gold smuggling case and drug scandal, which erupted was uneathed in Bengalurur by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).

In a huge embarrassment to Kerala’s ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Enforcement Directorate has registered a case against Bineesh Kodiyeri, son of party state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, in connection with gold smuggling and the sandalwood drug scandal.

The central agency has also frozen his assets. An assistant director of ED has asked the Registration Department not to allow any sale or transfer of properties without informing them. In addition, the ED has also sought details of the assets owned by him.

The case against Bineesh,, who grilled over 11 hours by the ED on September 9, has been registered under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The ED suspects Bineesh has committed the offence under section16, 17, 18 of the UAPA Act.

Trouble started for Bineesh ever since four national agencies started probing the gold smuggling case and drug scandal, which erupted was uneathed in Bengalurur by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The ED is trying to find out if there is any common thread in the two cases and if Bineesh had a role in them.

According to Onmanorama, three companies started by Bineesh are also under the ED scanner. Two of them -one based in Kozhikode and the other in Bengaluru, were frozen by the Regisrar of Companies for not submitting their annual reports since their inception in 2015. The third company, UAFAX in Thiruvananthapuram, is said tot have paid commission to Swapna Suresh, an accused in the gold smuggling case, for helping it win the visa stamping contract of the UAE Consulate in Thiruvananthapuram.

The ED suspects that these are companies that exist only on paper and are involved in money laundering and foreign exchange transactions. There are indications that two people arrested in Bengaluru in connection with the drug scandal were involved in money laundering under the cover of these companies.

Anoop Muhammed, a key accused in the drug case had admitted that Bineesh had provided financial assistance to him to start a restaurant in Bangalore. Bineesh had confirmed this but denied any knoledge about his drug deals.

In 2018, BJP senior leader AN Radhakrishnan had released some documents that exposed unscrupulous financial dealings by Bineesh. He had alleged that 28 companies, in which the Bineesh and his elder brother Binoy, have a partnership, are operating in a building at Sasthamangalam in Thiruvananthapuram. "Most of the companies started operations in 2008 when their father Kodiyeri was the Minister for Tourism," he had alleged.

In a related development, Kannada television host and dancer-turned-actor Anushree appeared before the Central Crime Branch and Economics and Narcotics police on Saturday and was grilled for over three hours in connection with a drug case.

She was questioned by Vinay Gaonkar, DCP (Traffic and Crime), at the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Police at Panambur in Mangaluru. Anushree was questioned as she had attended a party organised by now arrested choreographer Kishore Shetty.

The case that rocked the Karnataka film industry has led to the arrest of several celebrities, including actor Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjana Galrani. Acrtos Diganth Manchale and Andrita Ray are also under CCB scanner. They have been questioned once.

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