Mumbai Police has registered a case of rape and cheating against Binoy Balakrishnan, son of Kerala CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. On Saturday, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan addressed the issue saying, "The party or I cannot take responsibility for the mistakes of our family members... He (Binoy) has to bear the consequences himself".
He also denied allegations that his family was contacted by the 33-year-old woman on whose complaint the Mumbai police registered the case against Binoy Balakrishnan, the elder son of the Marxist veteran.
"The truth will be revealed in the probe. My party or I will not take any action to protect or help the accused. Binoy is an adult, who is staying with his own family, separately. It is the responsibility of the accused to prove his innocence in such cases. I am not intending to intervene in this issue," Mr Balakrishnan told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram, speaking publicly on the matter for the first time.
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told reporters on Saturday he does not know his son's whereabouts and has not seen him for the past few days. When reporters persisted with questions, he shot back saying he was not an officer of the Mumbai Police.
"I am not a police official. I have not seen him since the case was registered... I don't see him everyday or I don't track him for everything he does," he said.
"The media need not question me like the way police questions," Mr Balakrishnan was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
According to the FIR filed by the Mumbai police, the woman claimed that Mr Binoy promised to marry her, but years later she got to know he was already married. The woman claimed she has a 8-year-old son with Mr Binoy.
Binoy Balakrishnan's anticipatory bail is likely to come up in a court in Mumbai on Monday. A few months ago, he had filed a complaint with the Kannur police against the complainant for allegedly blackmailing him.
A team of Mumbai police is in Kerala to investigate the case for the last few days. However, the police has reportedly not been able to get in touch with Mr Binoy. On Thursday, the police sent a notice to Mr Binoy, asking him to appear within 72 hours before the investigating officers probing the case.
(With inputs from IANS)