The Mumbai police have summoned Binoy Kodiyeri, the eldest son of CPM state secretary and politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, to appear for an interrogation in connection with the rape case filed against him by a former dance bar girl.
She is said to have even written some time back to the CPM central leadership in this regard. The party is said to have seen it as a 'personal' matter and felt the law should take its course. Party leaders were advised not to interfere in the matter.
Binoy has been asked to appear before the Mumbai police within three days, reports said. In a counter move, Binoy is said to be looking at the option of moving the court for anticipatory bail.
An FIR has been filed by the Mumbai police on her complaint that she was sexually assaulted for over eight years and had an eight-year-old child from this relationship between 2008 and 2018.
The Mumbai police have begun the probe after the FIR charging him under Sections 376, 376 (2), 420, 504, 506 of the Indian Penal Code for sexual assault, cheating and intimidation.
Based on this, police have begun collecting evidence and examining them. These include digital ones like WhatsApp messages and photos.
The woman had claimed that she had sufficient proof of the relationship. She even offered to get her child undergo a DNA test to prove Binoy's fatherhood.
She said the assault took place when she was working at a dance bar in Dubai. Binoy was a frequent visitor to the bar and used to shower money on her. Slowly the relationship grew and on promise of marriage, he asked her to quit.
She became pregnant in 2008 and Binoy met her parents and made a promise to marry her.
He took a flat on rent in Andheri two years later and shifted her and the child there. He used to visit them regularly and even the child's passport had his name in the father's column. He used to send money every month for their care, though from 2015 he started to slowly drift away from her. He stopped sending money saying his business was dull.
She claimed she did not know that he was already married and in 2018 when she again complained, she even faced death threats.
Binoy said yesterday that she was blackmailing him and all her charges were false.