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AIADMK Symbol Case: Dinakaran's Alleged Hawala Operator Remanded in Police Custody

File image of TTV Dinakaran  (PTI photo)

File image of TTV Dinakaran (PTI photo)

An alleged hawala operator was arrested on Friday in connection with the Election Commission bribery case in which three persons, including AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dinakaran, were in police custody.

New Delhi: A special court today remanded in two-day police custody an alleged hawala operator in the Election Commission bribery case, involving AIADMK (Amma) faction leader TTV Dhinakaran, to ascertain the money trail.

Special judge Poonam Chaudhry also sent alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrashekar, who was produced on expiry of his police custody, to judicial custody till May 12 after the Delhi Police said his custodial interrogation was not required.

Earlier, the he was arrested on Friday in connection with the Election Commission bribery case in which three persons, including AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dinakaran, were in police custody.

Naresh was apprehended at the Delhi Airport for his alleged involvement in "illegal transfer" of money to Chandrasekhar by Dinakaran, said a senior police officer.

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On Thursday, Dinakaran was taken to Chennai and searches were conducted at his residence in the city as part of the probe.

Delhi Crime Branch police personnel led by Assistant Commissioner Sanjay Sherawat searched the residences of Dinakaran and that of his associate Mallikarjuna, who has also been arrested.

Police had secured warrants from a Delhi court to conduct the searches as part of efforts to gather "further evidence" in the alleged attempt by Dinakaran to bribe EC officials.

However, it is not known whether any seizures were made.

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Besides the two, others connected to them were also questioned over "illegal channels" and "conduits" used for sending money to Delhi from here.

Dinakaran was arrested on April 25 night here following four days of questioning for allegedly attempting to bribe an unidentified EC official to get the undivided AIADMK's 'two leaves' election symbol for his faction.

Police had earlier said Sukesh Chandrasekar, who was the first to be arrested, had struck a deal for Rs 50 crore to help the AIADMK (Amma)faction keep the two leaves symbol.

They had seized Rs 1.30 crore from Chandrasekar when he was arrested from a five-star hotel in Delhi on April 16.

Dinakaran has been accused of allegedly arranging the amount from undisclosed sources and getting it transferred from Chennai to Delhi through illegal channels.

Mallikarjuna was arrested for allegedly helping Dinakaran transfer this money from Chennai to Delhi, police had said.

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Police are also verifying whether Chandrasekar had approached any EC official for getting a favourable verdict for Dinakaran's faction.

Dinakaran, who was appointed deputy general secretary by jailed AIADMK chief V K Sasikala, is facing a revolt by an influential section of state ministers who have decided to keep the two out of party affairs.
first published:April 28, 2017, 12:34 IST