Dubai firm accuses Kerala CPI(M) leader’s son of cheating it of Rs 13 crore
The accused, Binoy Kodiyeri, countered the accusation saying it was an old case that was settled four years ago.Updated: Jan 24, 2018 19:56 IST
Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
A Dubai-based travel and tourism firm has accused Binoy Kodiyeri, the son of the ruling CPI(M)’s secretary in Kerala Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, of cheating it of Rs 13 crore and said it will approach the Interpol for justice.
Hasan Ismail Abdullah Almarzooqi of JAAS Tourism LLC said in a complaint that Binoy fled to India after cheating his firm. Almarzooqi said JAAS tried to settle the case through intermediaries a few months ago and his father was also roped in.
Balakrishnan promised to repay the amount, but nothing happened, he added.
Binoy gave three cheques to the firm after being persisted, but all of them bounced when they were presented in respective banks.
“Since the Dubai public prosecution proclaimed Mr Binoy Vinodhini Balakrishnan as a wilful defaulter in the UAE, the court had asked us to file Interpol request so as to bring him back to Dubai to get our money or to bring him under justice,” Almarzooqi said his complaint.
He added his firm has arranged a lawyer to file a case with Interpol.
“Later, I came to know that he had borrowed money not only from my company but also from many banks and individuals without repaying back anyone of those,” he said adding that cases like this will dent the image of the Indian diaspora in the middle-east.
The firm said it wants to recover Rs 13 crore from him besides interest and litigation expenses.
Binoy, however, said it was an old case and settled four years ago. He said there was no case pending against him and has no idea how a “settled case” has surfaced all of a sudden.
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan also denied that any case was pending against his son in Dubai.
“It is nothing to do with the party. There is no case against him. He will reply to all allegations against him,” he said after meeting chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan at the party’s headquarters.
Sources in the party said the complaint letter was leaked in Delhi by some leaders to embarrass the Kerala unit that foiled the CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury’s move for an alliance with the Congress to take on the BJP in the upcoming elections.
Yechury distanced from the controversy saying “it has nothing do with the party.”
Opposition Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party have sought a detailed probe into the charges against him.
BJP general secretary K Surendran said he will move the enforcement directorate soon.
The latest incident has surfaced at a time when the party is in the thick of organisational elections and has insisted that its cadres and leaders lead a humble life and uphold proletarian values.
First Published: Jan 24, 2018 19:55 IST