EC bribery case on Dinakaran, interrogation enters day four

EC bribery case on Dinakaran, interrogation enters day four

The interrogation on leader of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), T.T.V. Dinakaran over the case of involving in bribing of an Election Commission official to get the party’s ‘two-leaves’ symbol will continue today. After an eight-hour long grilling of the ousted by the Crime Branch office of the Delhi Police on Monday, now Dinakarans lawyer has been asked to appear in the Crime Branch office at 11 a.m. today. while his Personal Assistant (PA) Janardhanan has been summoned at 2 p.m.

On Monday Dinakaran was called in at 5 p.m., which stretched over to a long eight-hour interrogation after which the leader was seen leaving the crime branch post midnight. It is being said that the Crime Branch is trying to get to the core of the issue and believes a nexus is at work, which is run by a higher authority. Ergo, the grilling continues without any signs of stopping.

On April 20, a team of the Delhi Police Crime Branch reached Chennai and served a notice on Dinakaran and asked him to join the probe. Later on the Delhi Police had issued a lookout notice against Dinakaran. The police had arrested and sent Sukesh to custody for allegedly striking a deal of Rs. 50 crore to help the Dinakaran faction keep the ‘two leaves’ poll symbol. Crime Branch has recovered from Chandrashekhar approximately Rs. 1.3 crore and two luxury cars, a BMW and a Mercedes. Chandrasekhar was picked up from the Hyatt hotel and was produced at the residence of Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry, who allowed the Delhi Police’s plea to interrogate the accused for eight days.

According to sources, on Saturday Delhi Police given a set of questions to Dinakaran in connection with the case and an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) questioned him. The questionnaire included queries about the money trail, his association with Sukesh Chandrashekhar, the middleman alleged to have struck deal for Rs. 50 crore to help Dinakaran’s AIADMK faction keep the ‘two leaves’ poll symbol, how many times he met Sukesh and whether any meeting with the Election Commission officials took place, or not, etc.

Earlier on Sunday, Dinakaran was cross examined along with his ‘friend’ Mallikarjuna and PA Janardhanan, sources state. They were quizzed about the money trail of the alleged bribe. Also the matter of Dinakaran staying over with Mallikarjuna for around 10 days after an FIR was filed against him, was also brought up during the interrogation.

Dinakaran was also named as an accused in the FIR, filed by the Delhi Police Crime Branch. Dinakaran’s faction contested on the hat symbol for the R.K. Nagar assembly by-polls, after the Election Commission froze their two leaves symbol while acknowledging the split in the party. The polling was later cancelled by the Election Commission.

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