The bad times are continuing for the LDF government in Kerala, it seems. A day after the CBI registered an FIR over the Life Mission project for FCRA violation, the Enforcement Directorate has asked the Kerala Registration Department to give all the details of properties of Bineesh Kodiyeri, son of CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.
The ED has also asked the Registration Department to stop all transactions by Bineesh Kodiyeri. Earlier this month, the ED had questioned Bineesh for 11 hours in connection with the Bengaluru drug seizure case.
The ED is expected to question Bineesh again in the coming days.
“The fact that ED has frozen Bineesh's properties shows the depth to which CPI(M) has fallen. The ruling CPI(M) and the LDF should explain,'' said opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala.
DYFI secretary A.A. Rahim, meanwhile, said that the DYFI need not need give an explanation on behalf of Bineesh Kodiyeri. “He is not a member of DYFI. Why should we explain what he has done?” said Rahim.
Bineesh's name got linked to the Bengaluru drugs seizure case when Anoop Mohammed, one of those arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau with more than 250 MDMA pills in his possession, gave a statement that Bineesh had funded a hotel that he started a few years ago. Anoop had apparently bought the MDMA pills from Anikha, who is believed to be the kingpin of the racket.
Anoop has told the NCB that he had leased a property in Kammanahalli in Bengaluru in 2015 and opened a restaurant with the name 'Hyaat' at Agnes Arcade with financial help from Bineesh Kodiyeri.
Bineesh, while responding to the allegation, had admitted that he was friends with Anoop and that he had loaned him money to start a business. Bineesh, however, said that Anoop's arrest came as a shock to him and he had no clue of the latter's drug business.
The ED is also looking into allegations that he ran shell companies, which were closed in just a year after they became operational.