AIADMK leader Dinakaran, arrested by Delhi Police, taken to Chennai for probe
AIADMK (Amma) deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran allegedly paid money to middleman Sukesh Chandrashekhar to pay an Election Commission official to secure the two-leaves symbol for his party faction.Updated: Apr 28, 2017 00:32 IST
A Delhi Police team brought a visibly tired and weary AIADMK (Amma) deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran to Chennai to trace out the money trail that ended up with the middleman Sukesh Chandrashekhar as advance, and grilled him for many hours at Rajaji Bhavan, the complex that houses many union government offices.
Police later took him to his residence in Adyar in south Chennai.
According to sources, the sleuths also questioned his wife Anuradha as well at his residence.
Police had also brought Dinakaran’s aide Mallikarjuna to Chennai but questioned him separately at a different location.
What the police team is looking for is concrete material evidence that will strengthen the case.
They reportedly questioned Dinakaran and his friend about the source of the funds — Rs 1.3 crore — that was seized from Chandrashekhar in Delhi.
Police questioned as to how Dinakaran got the money and how it was sent to Delhi.
According to allegations, hawala operators were used to send money to Delhi for payment as bribe to an Election Commission official for securing the two leaves symbol for Dinakaran’s faction.
Barring a handful of party workers who got into a scuffle with policemen at Rajaji Bhavan, not many AIADMK workers or Dinakaran’s supporters were seen either at the airport or Rajaji Bhavan or at his Adyar residence, indicating how the party was slowly distancing itself from the Sasikala-Dinakaran combine that is controlling the party with an iron hand.
However, Dinakaran may not go down without a fight. His closest supporter and MLA Nanjil Sampath dismissed the case as a “false and foisted one,” and is a normal for politicians.
“Dinakaran will come out clean from the case,” he said.
It is Delhi which is behind the entire political vendetta, the Dinakaran supporter said. “We are not against the merger,” he said, adding “some (people) need be thrown out”.
“OPS and Ma Foi Pandiarajan must be kept out,” said Nanjil Sampath, claiming that 87 MLAs were with them (Dinakaran’s faction).
But no action can be taken on the party issue without the signature of general secretary VK Sasikala, he said.
The main condition of the O Panneerselvam camp to begin merger talks is the removal of Sasikala and Dinakaran from the party. Panneerselvam also wants a probe into the death of then chief minister J Jayalalithaa, without which his faction will not even sit for discussions.
Panneerselvam on Thursday reiterated that “the two demands were not negotiable“.
First Published: Apr 28, 2017 00:27 IST