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AIADMK Symbol Row: Rs 50 Crore for 2 leaves Was Dinakaran's Deal With Agent, Say Cops

File photo of AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran. (PTI)

File photo of AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran. (PTI)

The Crime Branch has sent summons to Dinakaran to join the probe and has also sent a report to the Election Commission.

New Delhi/Chennai: The Delhi Police Crime Branch on Monday named AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran in an FIR filed after the seizure of Rs 1.5 crore allegedly aimed at influencing the war over the party’s election symbol of “two leaves”.

Delhi Police had arrested one Sukesh Chandrashekhar with the cash, and seized a BMW and a Mercedes car from him. Chandrashekhar was arrested from a hotel in central Delhi on Monday morning. The arrest comes amid a bitter fight for the AIADMK’s ‘two-leaf’ symbol between the O Panneerselvam and the VK Sasikala faction of Tamil Nadu’s ruling party.

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Delhi Police teams will leave for Chennai on Tuesday to serve the summons to Dinakaran.

"It has been learnt that Sukesh had struck a deal for Rs 50 crore for helping the AIADMK faction keep the 'two leaves' symbol. Police have recovered Rs 1.30 crore from Sukesh and two cars — a BMW and a Mercedes — have also been seized," a senior police officer told PTI.

Denying the charges, Dinakaran said he didn’t know any Sukesh. “I did not bribe anyone. If I receive summons, I will face the case legally,” he said.

Dinakaran also said he would meet Sasikala on Monday. “I will meet Sasikala today. There is nothing significant in meeting Sasikala. I haven't met her for 15-20 days. There is no revolt in the party,” he said.

Soon after the FIR, O Panneerselvam said he was open to merging his faction with the parent party if Sasikala and Dinakaran withdrew from their posts.

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Dinakaran is Sasikala’s nephew and the party’s candidate for the RK Nagar bypoll, which the Election Commission postponed amid allegations of widespread use of money power. RK Nagar was the constituency of the late Jayalalithaa.

The I-T department had recently seized documents showing that the Sasikala-led AIADMK faction had given over Rs 89.5 crore to seven ministers for distribution among RK Nagar voters.

I-T officials had last week raided the residences and business premises of state Health Minister C Vijayabaskar, his relatives as well as persons close to him and his business associates.

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Sasikala had reinducted Dinakaran into the AIADMK on February 15, five years after he was expelled by Jayalalithaa amid reports that he interfered in party and government functioning.

The appointment was announced hours before she left to surrender in a Bengaluru court to serve the jail term in a disproportionate assets case.

Dinakaran is also facing a Foreign Exchange Regulations Act (FERA) violation case with Enforcement Directorate (ED) probing unexplained deposits of big chunks of money into his accounts between during 1991 to 1995. Jayalalithaa was CM at that time.

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Dinakaran tried to wriggle out from the ED probe saying he was a Singapore citizen. But the ED did not buy this and found him guilty of money laundering.

The Madras High Court on January 6 this year confirmed the penalty of Rs 25 crore imposed on Dinakaran by ED in the 1996 case.