EC bribery case: TTV Dhinakaran sent to 5-day police custody

The police's plea was vehemently opposed by senior lawyer Vikas Pahwa, representing Dhinakaran, on the ground that the accused has been joining investigation for the last four days and the police have not produced any material as to why his custody is needed.

AIADMK (Amma) leader T.T.V Dinakaran was on Sunday, April 23, grilled by the police for 11 hours over his alleged attempt to bribe an Election Commission official for retaining the "two leaves" party symbol and the related money trail. However, the EC cancelled the bypolls following allegations of use of money to influence voters.

The legislator for Pudukottai, Rajashekaran, appeared at Panneerselvam's home on Wednesday as speculation swirled that MLAs from the Sasikala camp could switch sides.

Dhinakaran was arrested by the Delhi Police on Tuesday night for allegedly trying to bribe an official of the EC for AIADMK symbol.

Mallikarjuna had been accompanying Dhinakaran everywhere ever since Chandrasekar was arrested on April 16 for allegedly striking a deal of Rs 50 crore to help the AIADMK (Amma) faction keep the poll symbol.

Earlier in the day, Dhinakaran had moved a bail application in a Delhi Court.

Dinakaran had yesterday confessed to meeting Chandrasekar, assuming he was a High Court judge. The judge directed the police to show the call details which proved that Chandrashekhar was in touch with the politician. "He was also shown a CD, recovered from Sukesh, which had recordings of their phone conversation", sources said.

His close associate Mallikarjuna was also arrested.

Notably, the poll body has frozen the AIADMK's two leaves symbol with two factions - one led by party general secretary VK Sasikala and the other by former chief minister O Panneerselvam - claiming it as their own. The nephew of Sasikala was interrogated along with his personal assistant Janardhan and long-time friend Mallikarjuna. When OPS said that time is conducive for talks we know Dhinakaran will be arrested today.

The Palaniswami faction has maintained since a case has already been filed in court for a CBI probe into the circumstances leading to Jayalalithaa's death, the Panneerselvam camp should wait for the verdict.

  • Leroy Wright