The court will continue hearing Binoy Kodiyeri’s bail plea on Monday. Binoy has been charged with allegedly raping a Mumbai-based woman.

Mumbai court grants rape accused Binoy Kodiyeri protection from arrest till July 1Facebook
news Court Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 18:06

A Mumbai court on Thursday adjourned the pronouncement of the order on the bail plea posted by Binoy Kodiyeri, who has been charged with rape, and posted the case for further hearing for Monday, July 1. The court has also granted the Binoy protection from arrest till Monday. Binoy, who is the eldest son of CPI(M) state secretary in Kerala Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, has been booked for allegedly raping a Mumbai-based woman.

According to reports, there was a heated exchange between the lawyers of the two parties and the court has asked the woman’s counsel to submit his arguments in writing. The court will continue hearing the case on Monday. 

This protection by the Dindoshi branch of the Bombay City, Civil and Criminal Court comes a day after a lookout notice was issued against Binoy by the Mumbai police. Binoy has been absconding since the case was registered at Mumbai’s Oshiwara police station. He had filed for anticipatory bail on June 20, a week after the FIR was registered. 

A Mumbai-based woman, who is a native of Bihar, had filed the rape complaint against Binoy on June 13. She had alleged in the complaint that Binoy raped her for years under the promise of marrying her and that she has an eight-year-old child born out of the relationship. Based on her complaint, Binoy was booked under Sections 376 (rape) and Section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property on the complaint) of the Indian Penal Code. 

After the FIR was filed, the Mumbai police sent a two-member team to Kerala to question Binoy. The team, however, visited both his residences at Thiruvangad and Moozhikkara in Kannur but were not able to track him down. His phone, too, has been switched off since. 

On his part, however, Binoy has denied the allegations. He had, in April, approached Kannur IG to file a counter complaint against the woman, claiming that she was blackmailing him for an amount of Rs 5 crore.

The charges against the CPI(M)’s state secretary in Kerala has led to the opposition in the state seeking the resignation of Binoy’s father Kodiyeri Balakrishnan from his post. Speaking to the media a few days ago, Kodiyeri distanced himself from the issue and told the media that neither he nor the party will be protecting Binoy and refuted allegations that attempts were made to arrive at a settlement in the rape case against his son.

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