Sandalwood Drug Scandal: Bineesh Kodiyeri shifted to hospital over complaint of back pain

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Bineesh, who was booked by the ED for the offence of money laundering in connection with the Sandalwood drug scandal, was left to the custody of Bengaluru Enforcement till November 2.

Bineesh Kodiyeri, son of the Kerala unit secretary of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), who was being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the third consecutive days on Sunday, November 1, has been admitted to a government hospital in Bengaluru after he complained back pain.

Bineesh, who was booked by the ED for the offence of money laundering in connection with the Sandalwood drug scandal, was left to the custody of Bengaluru Enforcement till November 2. The ED had sought his custody for 15 days, but the court granted four days custody.

In its remand application submitted to a Sessions Court in Bengaluru, ED stated that Bineesh is the boss of an already arrested alleged drug peddler Mohammed Anoop, and that the former had transferred huge amounts of funds into the latter's accounts.

Anoop was recently arrested along with three others, including two persons from Kerala, by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Bengaluru, after he was found in possession of 60 grams of MDMA tablets. Bineesh is also likely to be questioned by the NCB.

Binesh had admitted in his statement dated October 6, that he had paid huge money to Anoop. However, he did not disclose the complete information during the interrogation with regard to the financial transactions, states ED. There were reports that he was not cooperating in the interrogation.

During the course of the investigation, the ED claims, it was found that Bineesh held many bank accounts and had committed the offence of money laundering by transferring/layering huge proceeds of crime into various accounts which need to be unearthed.

The application further discloses that the ED has sufficient material and reasons to believe that the Bineesh is guilty of the offence of money laundering under Section 3 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The drug racket in the Kannada film industry came to light when deceased journalist Gauri Lankesh's brother - Indrajit Lankesh exposed the involvement of certain actors in the drug menace.

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