Bengaluru: There was high drama at the Enforcement Directorate office here as Bineesh Kodiyeri, the son of high-profile Kerala CPM general secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, complained of severe back pain and was taken to a government hospital. Since the hospital was a designated Covid centre, he was taken to Bowring Hospital where he underwent a CT scan.
Bineesh is being subjected to sustained questioning that goes on late into the night. The ED version is that since he is evasive in his replies, the questioning is dragging on to late night.
But Bineesh’s lawyer alleged that his client was subjected to torture and had thus sustained back injuries. He said he will be moving the High Court tomorrow as the ED is denying an audience with his client.
Bineesh’s brother, Binoy, was also denied permission to meet him.
The CPM leader’s son is currently in ED custody and is expected to be questioned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for pumping money into the account of Anoop Mohammad, who allegedly peddled drugs in Bengaluru for a few years till he was nabbed in August.
Anoop, who had been taken into ED custody for questioning in mid-October, had confessed to sleuths that Bineesh was his boss and he was only acting on his directions in Bengaluru.
Bineesh was arrested by ED Thursday afternoon under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
According to sources, there were huge unaccounted cash deposits made into Bineesh’s accounts in Kerala. The ED is trying to get to the source of the money. In a statement released by the ED headquarters in New Delhi, the agency said that a money trail led the investigation team to Bineesh’s bank accounts in Kerala where it found huge cash deposits were made.
Whether Bineesh knew about Anoop’s drug trade and continued funding it is yet to be established and is expected to be probed by NCB, ED sources said.