ED prevented from leaving the premises by Kerala Police
Kochi: Kerala has become like an independent republic sans, any link to the Indian union if we see the developments in the last 72 hours are any indication.
On Thursday, a team from Enforcement Directorate (ED), India’s economic intelligence agency responsible for enforcing economic laws and fighting economic crime, came under attack by officials of the Kerala Police at Thiruvananthapuram.
The ED officials who were leaving the palatial residence of Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, the CPI(M) party Secretary, after a 26-hour raid, were prevented from leaving the premises by a lowly ranked Kerala Police inspector who abused them in the typical police slang. The raid was in connection with the investigation into the financial dealings between Bineesh Kodiyeri, the hot-headed son of Balakrishnan who is into all kinds of banned business dealings with the wrong people.
The ED team launched raids in the residence of Kodiyeri, in the city limits of Thiruvananthapuram, and in the business premises where he has high stakes.
Bineesh Kodiyeri was arrested by the Bangalore unit of the ED on Friday for his role in drug smuggling, financing of the narcotics trade, and money laundering. Anoop Mohammed, a drug trader with links to the global narcotics network was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had told them during his interrogation about his business dealings with Bineesh.
It was Bineesh who financed Mohammed’s drug trade through benami operators. Mohammed was arrested along with some film actresses during a rave party in Bangalore. All those who were arrested had agreed to the Karnataka Police, ED, and the NCB about their dealings with Bineesh, who himself is a junkie according to his friends.
The ED investigation into the financial dealings arose after they found that the son of the Marxist leader failed to give any worthwhile reply to their query that how come there was a surplus of five crore rupees in the IDBI and HDFC Bank accounts operated by Bineesh.
The ED team launched raids in the residence of Kodiyeri, in the city limits of Thiruvananthapuram, and in the business premises where he has high stakes. According to a senior official in the ED, they came across the credit card in the name of Anoop Mohammed from Bineesh’s residence. But the family members of Bineesh alleged that the ED officials themselves had kept the credit card of Mohammed inside the residence and they did not see the officials seizing the same.
The ED officials maintaining their cool, the police had to make a hasty retreat as the former were under the protection of CRPF and armed commandoes of Karnataka Police.
While the ED asked the family members to sign the documents, the wife, and mother-in-law of Bineesh staged a drama in front of the house. They alleged that the ED officials were threatening their tiny tots with dire consequences if they failed to sign on the dotted lines.
Pradeep, a high-profile business baron who is also the father-in-law of Bineesh reached the spot and sent a complaint to the ED Chief accusing the officials of assaulting his wife and daughter.
With the ED officials maintaining their cool, the police had to make a hasty retreat as the former were under the protection of CRPF and armed commandoes of Karnataka Police. The Child Welfare Commission officials too rushed to the spot on hearing that the grandchildren of their party leader were under attack.
On Wednesday, the Kerala Government had banned the CBI from investigating any crimes in the State on its own. “They can launch the investigations if the High Court or the Kerala Government say so. Otherwise, the CBI is not welcome in the State,” said the Chief Minister while speaking to media afterward.
 Kerala Police seeks explanation from ED over raid at Bineesh’s residence – Nov 5, 2020, Mathrubhumi
 Drug case: ED raids Bineesh Kodiyeri’s house in Thiruvananthapuram – Nov 04, 2020, The Hindu
 Explained: What is the Bengaluru drug case? Who are the big names involved? – Nov 5, 2020, Indiatimes
 Anoop Muhammed’s Credit Card Recovered From Bineesh’s House, Say ED – Nov 5, 2020, Mathrubhumi
 Miffed by ED, NIA’s probes, Kerala bans auto consent to CBI – Nov 5, 2020, The Pioneer