Thiruvananthapuram: Binoy Kodiyeri, son of CPM state secretary, is likely to approach a Dubai court this week to appeal against a travel ban imposed on him in the UAE in a cheque-bouncing case.
Binoy said he would take his next step over the travel ban after talking to lawyers.
JAAS Tourism LLC, co-owned by UAE national Hasan Ismaeel al-Marzooqi, initiated legal proceedings claiming that Binoy didn't return money loaned to him.
In the UAE, any complainant seeking a travel ban should furnish an undertaking that if the final order went against him, he would compensate for any financial or other loss that the other person suffered as a result of the ban.
The petitioner must also file the main civil case along with relevant documents within eight days of the travel ban taking effect. If not, the ban will automatically become invalid.
According to documents produced earlier by JAAS Tourism LLC claiming 30 lakh Dirhams from Binoy, two cheques were written by his company while one was of his personal account.
If the case is over the bouncing of cheques issued by a company, the court order will depend on the company’s current status. If it is no more in operation or its trade license has been canceled, there is limited scope for the complainant getting the money, lawyers said.
But if it is a personal cheque, then the accused cannot leave the UAE without paying up, or he may face up to three years in jail.
UAE national returns home
Meanwhile, al-Marzooqi, the UAE national who filed the complained against Binoy, has returned to his country.
The UAE national, who was to address the media in Kerala Monday, had to cancel the meet after a court issued an injunction banning the publishing of news about Chavara MLA's son, Sreejith Vijayan, who is facing charges of financial fraud along with Binoy.
Marzooqi had to cancel the press meet as both the cases were linked.
No impounding of passport: Binoy Kodiyeri
Binoy Kodiyeri, who is in Dubai, said though the deals had been for 30 lakh Dirhams (Rs 5.23 crore), he had already paid back 20 lakh Dirhams.
What is remaining is 10 lakh dirhams and the travel ban is over that, he said.
He denied reports that his passport was seized and displayed his passport as proof.
Binoy said he had come to Dubai for business purposes and also intended to settle the financial matters.
While denying that he was stopped at the airport, Binoy said he reached Dubai to stay there for some days and that he had not made any decision on the date to return to India.