Kerala CPI (M) leader's son arrested by ED in Bengaluru drug case

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After three hours of questioning, he was produced in the Bengaluru Sessions Court and his arrest was subsequently recorded. Bineesh has been sent to the custody of ED for four days.

The Bengaluru narcotics case rattling the Kannada film industry has taken a new turn with the Enforcement Directorate arresting Bineesh Kodiyeri, the son of Kerala’s Communist Party of India (Marxist) secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, on Thursday, October 29.

He was summoned to the ED office in Bengaluru in the day for questioning over allegations of his connection with an accused in the drug case. This was the third time he was summoned by the central agency.

Last time, officials had questioned Bineesh for almost six hours over his financial links with the drug case accused Mohammed Anoop.

After three hours of questioning, he was produced in the Bengaluru Sessions Court and his arrest was subsequently recorded. Bineesh has been sent to the custody of ED for four days.

Bineesh’s name surfaced in the Bengaluru drug cases when Anoop Mohammed, a native of Kochi, was held by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and questioned. Anoop, who was part of a gang that operated by a woman called Anikha, caught peddling drugs under the cover of running a restaurant in Bengaluru.

They found that Bineesh had lent financial support to Anoop for opening the houtel. Bineesh had maintained that he and Anoop were friends, and that he had financially helped the latter to start a hotel a few years ago.

After Bineesh was quizzed by the ED last month in connection with the drugs case, the NCB had sought the details of his statement. Sources say that Bineesh and Anoop had other transactions and were constantly in touch with each other.

The youth wing of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) had earlier accused Bineesh of having close connections with a few members of a drug racket that was recently busted by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Bengaluru.

The Enforcement Directorate is probing the money laundering angle in connection with the drug seizures made by the Narcotics Control Bureau in Bengaluru earlier in August.

The drugs case is not the only trouble that Bineesh has found himself in. On September 9, the ED in Kochi had questioned Bineesh in connection with the ongoing controversial Kerala gold smuggling case. At the time, the ED had registered a case against him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. It had asked the District Registrar General that his properties be frozen, with no transactions to be allowed on them.

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