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Tamil Nadu Potboiler: TTV Dinakaran Appears Before Delhi Police

Dinakaran arrived after 3 pm at the Crime Branch Inter State Cell office in Chanakyapuri. There was heavy security outside the office and media persons weren't allowed to enter the premises, PTI reported.

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Updated:April 23, 2017, 12:00 AM IST
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Tamil Nadu Potboiler: TTV Dinakaran Appears Before Delhi Police
File photo of AIADMK Amma faction Deputy General Secretary T T V Dinakaran (PTI Photo)
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New Delhi: AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran on Saturday appeared before the Delhi Police Crime Branch in connection with an alleged attempt to influence the party’s symbol war in his favour.
Dinakaran arrived after 3 pm at the Crime Branch Inter State Cell office in Chanakyapuri. There was heavy security outside the office and media persons weren't allowed to enter the premises, PTI reported.

In midnight summons served this week, the Delhi Police had asked Dinakaran, the nephew of jailed party chief Sasikala, to appear at the office of the Delhi interstate crime branch on Saturday.

While Dinakaran travelled to Delhi, party leaders back home were working towards a merger of the rival O Panneerselvam and E Palaniswami factions. The Panneerselvam camp has set formal removal of Sasikala and Dinakaran as conditions for merger talks. The OPS camp has also sought a CBI probe into the circumstances leading to J Jayalalithaa's death on December 5 last year.

Chief Minister Palaniswami, his cabinet colleagues D Jayakumar, C Ve Shanmugham and SP Velumani, and Rajya Sabha MP R Vaithilingam discussed the demands in a hush-hush meeting on Friday.

Following the Cabinet's revolt against him early this week, Dinakaran had said he was "stepping aside" in the interest of the party.

He has been named in an FIR by the Delhi Police after the arrest of Sukesh Chandrashekhar, the alleged middleman in contact with Dinakaran. Police have said that the duo struck a Rs 50-crore deal to try and bribe officials from the Election Commission.

Dinakaran was the Sasikala faction candidate for bypolls in RK Nagar seat, which was held by Jayalalithaa. The April 23 bypoll was cancelled by the Election Commission over widespread use of money power.

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