AIADMK Symbol Case: Dinakaran Leaves for Chennai With Delhi Police
AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran left with for Chennai with a Delhi Police team which is investigating his alleged attempt to bribe Election Commission officials to win the party’s ‘two leaves’ election symbol.
File image of TTV Dinakaran (PTI photo)
New Delhi: AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran left with for Chennai with a Delhi Police team which is investigating his alleged attempt to bribe Election Commission officials to win the party’s ‘two leaves’ election symbol.
The police had secured warrants from a city court to search the Chennai residents of Dinakaran and his aide Mallikarjuna as part of its probe, PTI reported. Police will also be confronting Dinakaran and Mallikarjuna along with the arrested middleman, Sukesh Chandrasekar, to get the details of the money trail and the phone conversations between them, the report said.
Dhinakaran was arrested on Tuesday night following four days of questioning for allegedly attempting to bribe an unidentified Election Commission official to get the undivided AIADMK's 'two leaves' election symbol for his faction.
Police had earlier said Chandrasekar had struck a deal for Rs 50 crore to help the AIADMK faction keep the 'two leaves' symbol. He had Rs 1.30 crore in cash in his possession when he was arrested from a five-star hotel in Delhi on April 16.
Dinakaran was arrested for allegedly arranging the amount from undisclosed sources and getting it transferred from Chennai to Delhi through illegal channels, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Madhur Verma.
Mallikarjuna was arrested for allegedly helping Dinakaran transfer this money from Chennai to Delhi, he said.
The police are verifying whether Chandrasekar had approached any Election Commission official for getting a favourable verdict for Dinakaran's faction.
The AIADMK (Amma) leader had come under the scanner of the police following Chandrasekar's arrest.
Dinakaran, who was appointed deputy general secretary by AIADMK chief V K Sasikala, has been isolated in his party amid moves to merge rival factions led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EK Palaniswami and his predecessor O Panneerselvam.
A powerful section of the ruling AIADMK (Amma) recently revolted against the Sasikala-Dinakaran leadership. The development came after Panneerselvam, who is leading the rival faction, demanded the ouster of Sasikala and Dinakaran as a condition for merger talks.
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