Bineesh Kodiyeri's benami is Anoop; controlled him from Kerala, states ED
Bengaluru: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) stated that Bineesh Kodiyeri used to run many businesses in Bengaluru with drug case accused Anoop as his benami. Bineesh's statement that he was unaware of Anoop's drug deals is not trustworthy. It was Bineesh who controlled Anoop from Kerala, the ED stated.
Bineesh was arrested by the ED the other day and was lodged in Wilson Garden police station. Bineesh was brought to the ED headquarters on Friday morning and was interrogated. ED officials had submitted many shocking details in the court to get Bineesh in custody.
Anoop and Bineesh had close contact and they talked over phone many times. Anoop also called Bineesh before he was arrested. Also Bineesh used to visit Bengaluru regularly. He has high influence in political and film sectors. He had handed over a huge amount to Anoop.
All accounts to which money was credited in the name of Anoop were held by people known to Bineesh, the ED stated. With this, it can be concluded that Anoop was working for Bineesh in Bengaluru. So, Bineesh should be interrogated along with Anoop, ED requested the court.
The custody period ends in four days. The ED has started moves to take Anoop into custody. A case has been booked against Bineesh as per Prevention of Money Laundering Act. As per this act, the convict is likely to get 3-7 years of imprisonment.
The ED probe stems from a Narcotics Control Bureau investigation that claimed to have busted an ecstasy pills drug trafficking racket in Karnataka in August along with the arrest of Anoop and two others.
The ED issued a statement and claimed that Anoop, during his custodial interrogation, "admitted that he was indulging in sale and purchase of narcotics drugs and was closely associated with Bineesh Kodiyeri."
"It is also revealed that he (Anoop) held various bank accounts and indulged in transferring/layering of huge proceeds of crime into various accounts," the ED claimed.
"Fund trail investigation also established that huge amount of unaccounted funds were being regularly credited in his (Anoop's) accounts by Bineesh Kodiyeri."
"These were preceded by large cash deposits in Kerala into the accounts of Bineesh Kodiyeri," the ED alleged.
The agency claimed "Anoop is a benamidar of Bineesh Kodiyeri and all his financial dealings were done on the instructions of Bineesh who had paid huge amounts of money to him."
"He could not explain these cash and fund transactions and was completely evasive in his replies," the ED said.
The NCB had claimed in the past that "prominent musicians and actors" in Karnataka are under its scanner after this operation.
The three arrested in this case are accused of supplying drugs to Kannada film actors and singers.
Bineesh has maintained that he knew Anoop and his family and the latter had borrowed money from him and some others for setting up the restaurant business in Bengaluru a few years ago.
(With inputs from PTI)