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Anticipatory bail granted for Binoy Kodiyeri


Mumbai: A court in Mumbai on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail to Binoy Kodiyeri, son of CPM's Kerala unit secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, in a sexual harrasment case.

The Dindoshi sessions court accepted the plea filed by the accused on a bond of Rs. 25,000 and asked him to be present before the investigating officer on Mondays.

The court also directed Binoy to provide blood samples for a DNA test if the probe teams demands it.

A 33-year-old Mumbai-based woman, who hails from Bihar, has alleged that Kodiyeri sexually exploited her for several years on the promise of marriage, according to the FIR filed at the Oshiwara police station in Mumbai's Andheri. She also claims they also have a child.

The victim registered the complaint on June 13 after she came to know that Kodiyeri was already married and this issue was again highlighted by her counsel on Tuesday.

According to her complaint, she entered into a relationship with Kodiyeri while working at a dance bar in Dubai in 2008 and now has an eight-year-old child with him. She said that till 2015, he even used to send her money every month, for which she has already produced documentary evidence.

A team of Mumbai Police officials, after visiting Kannur and Thiruvananthapuram in search of Kodiyeri, had to return empty-handed and for a week now, there has been no trace of him.

The national and state leadership of the CPI-M including the accused's father have washed their hands off the matter saying since Kodiyeri is not a party member, the party has nothing to do with this and he alone should handle it.

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