By LE Desk

Bengaluru, June 9, 2021: Hearing in the bail application of Bineesh Kodiyeri in the Karnataka High Court has been postponed to next week as the court could not take up the case on Wednesday. 

This is the eighth time that the bail application has come up, The News Minute reported. 

Kodiyeri—the younger son of former CPI(M) Kerala state secretary and politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan—was arrested by the Bengaluru division of the Enforcement Directorate. Bineesh’s counsel has been trying to get an interim bail for a while claiming that his father is ‘unwell’ and wishes to be near him. 

When the bail application came up today, the counsel for the ED informed that their senior counsel is recovering from COVID-19 and is expected to return shortly and they agreed to take it up next week. 

The ED has arrested him under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). He has been lodged in a Bengaluru jail since October 29, 2020. Bineesh’s close aide Anoop Mohammed was first nabbed by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), was jailed in Bengaluru. After his arrest, Bineesh was interrogated and later arrested.

Bineesh’s bail application was scheduled to be heard in the high court on April 23 before the court’s summer break. His plea was rejected by a lower court twice after which he approached the high court.

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