- Delhi Police books T.T.V. Dhinakaran booked on bribery charge
New Delhi, 17, 2017:– AIADMK (Amma) deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dhinakaran has been booked for allegedly trying to bribe the Election Commission of India (ECI) for obtaining the party symbol for his faction, said the police.
The development comes after the arrest of an alleged middleman from a five star hotel in South Delhi.
The FIR was registered by the Delhi Police Crime Branch.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Madhur Verma said Mr. Dhinakaran’s name cropped up after the arrest of alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrasekhar from a hotel on Sunday night. He approached Mr. Dhinakaran and assured him that he could get the frozen two leaves symbol for his faction, Mr. Verma said.
Police said they recovered from Mr. Sukesh Rs. 1.3 crore, which he was planning to use to bribe Election Commission officials.
“He told us that Dhinakaran was in direct touch with him. Dinakaran is currently in Tamil Nadu and summons will be sent to him to join the probe. We have evidence that the money belongs to his faction of the party,” said another police officer.
Mr. Dhinakaran was a candidate for the April 12 by-election (countermanded later) for Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly constituency in Chennai.
Last month, the Election Commission allotted new names and symbols to the V.K. Sasikala and O. Panneerselvam factions of the AIADMK after freezing the party symbol and name ahead of the by-election.
Dhinakaran denies charge
However, during a press meet in Chennai, Mr. Dhinakaran denied the allegations and claimed that he had no knowledge of Sukesh Chandrasekhar.
“I will answer if I get summons. I will face it legal. How does a broker or somebody say the money was from TTV Dinakaran? I don’t know anybody by that name nor have I come across any such name in my life,” he told reporters here.
He claimed efforts were on to “destroy our organisation politically,” but said he was not aware who was doing so.
“Such information is being spread to destroy our organisation politically. It is basically wrong to say that Sukesh has spoken to me. I don’t know any such person. I don’t know what is the plan and who is doing it,” Mr. Dhinakaran, on his way to meet his aunt and jailed party chief Sasikala at Bengaluru, said.
‘Sasikala camp indulging in malpractices’
K.P. Munusamy, a senior leader in the OPS camp (AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma), told The Hindu that the Sasikala camp has been indulging in malpractices and have now faced a big loss of face and are coming across as an anti-social force.
“They think they can achieve anything through money. They didn’t trust people in the RK Nagar poll and thought they could win with money….Now they are trying to do the same with the EC”, he said.