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Release DNA result, rape victim against Binoy Kodiyeri

A Bihar native accused CPM State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s eldest son Binoy Kodiyeri of sexual harassment and wants the DNA test result to be made public immediately. The lady approached the Mumbai high court with a petition alleging indefinite extension of the harassment case against Binoy and wanted the state to consider the case urgently. She said that her son has come of age and wants to know who his father is.

In June 2019, the lady filed a complaint that Binoy had sexually exploited her for several years on the promise of marriage, and they also had an eight-year-old child. Their relationship began in 2008 while the victim worked at a dance bar in Dubai and ended in 2015. After learning that Binoy was already married, she filed the FIR.

As evidence for her claims, the complainant has already provided documents such as her son’s birth certificate, passport, which lists Binoy as his father, their joint photos, and bank statements demonstrating e-transfers of funds to her each month between 2010 and 2015.

The court then granted him bail and ordered him to appear every Monday for a month before the Oshiwara police. If the police force requested a DNA test, Binoy was asked to assist them. Binoy consented to the DNA test when he appeared before the police.

The test was conducted in July 2019, but the result took an astonishing 17 months to arrive and came in December 2020. Police handed those results to the court in a ‘sealed envelope,’ and it is unknown why the court held it back for so long. The victim is now demanding that the result be released.

Earlier, the lady filed an application in the Mumbai high court regarding the DNA matter. Back then, Binoy seemed unworried and said he would fight the accusations in court. The judge mentioned the Corona lockdown and delayed the matter back then. This time, the woman’s lawyer has asked for immediate action.

Binoy did try to get the complaint of sexual harassment filed by the victim dismissed, but the court decided against this. Will the new state government in Maharashtra speed up the justice system? Will the teenage boy receive justice?

When Kodiyeri Balakrishnan served as the state’s Home and Tourism Minister from 2006 to 2011 during the Marxist administration of V S Achuthanandan, Binoy began his career as vice president of the Dubai-based RP Group, which Kollam-born NRI billionaire Ravi Pillai runs. People in Kerala were surprised by his appointment because Binoy lacked the credentials and expertise to assume the position. Later, Binoy established his own company in the emirate.

His tourism-related firm encountered difficulties in late 2017 when his Arab business partner filed a 13-crore rupees financial fraud complaint against Binoy. They reached an out-of-court settlement. It is still unknown where the money used to settle the case came from. Incidentally, Binoy’s younger brother Binesh Kodiyeri too is out on bail in a money laundering and narcotic drug-running case.

Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s father was a primary school teacher and had no other known source of money than his meager pay. As Kodiyeri had failed to raise them in a socialist manner, his children lived the bourgeois lifestyle. Lakhs joined the party due to the leaders’ modest lifestyle, not because Marxist ideas influenced them.

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