Kerala CPM leader’s son booked for rape, cheating: Police
Binoy Vinodini Balakrishnan , the son of CPM’s Kerala unit secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan,has been booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 420 (cheating) and 376 (rape).Updated: Jun 18, 2019 16:37 IST
A Mumbai-based woman has accused the secretary of the Kerala unit of the CPI(M) Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s eldest son Binoy Kodiyeri of raping her for years on the pretext of marrying her.
In her complaint with Mumbai Police, the 32-year-old woman said Binoy had been sexually exploiting her for years and that she has an eight-year-old son out of this relationship. The former employee of a dance bar in Dubai said she did not know Binoy was already married and that he repeatedly lied and promised that he would marry her.
She filed her complaint at Oshiwara police station on June 13. He was later booked for rape under section 376 and breach of trust and cheating under section 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
However, Binoy has denied the allegations and said that it was a blackmailing tactic. But he admitted he knew the woman when he worked in Dubai.
The woman has insisted her charges are true and challenged Binoy to go through a DNA test to determine the paternity of her son. She said Binoy had rented a house for her in Mumbai and they were living like a married couple for many years. She also said she was threatened with dire consequences if she approached the police.
“She had sent me a legal notice six months ago. She demanded Rs 5 crore to settle the issue. When I turned down her demand she went ahead with her complaint. I have already filed a complaint with the Kannur range IG,” Binoy claimed and added that he will take legal recourse to challenge her claims.
The embarrassed party had distanced itself from the controversy. Party Politburo member Brinda Karat said it was a personal allegation against an individual and the party has nothing to do with it.
This is not the first time Binoy has got into trouble. In January 2018, he was reportedly booked by police in Dubai in a money laundering case. But the case was later withdrawn after he settled the case and his impounded passport was returned later.
The latest controversy arrives at a time when the party has been thinking about a course correction after the humiliating defeat in the April-May Lok Sabha election. Out of the 20 seats in the state, it won just one seat in the state.
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, who is undergoing treatment for some ailment, was not available for comments.