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AIADMK symbol case: Why no action taken against Dinakaran, court asks police

AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran is being questioned by the Delhi Police for his alleged role in an attempt to bribe ‘middle man’ Sukesh Chandrasekar to secure the disputed party symbol of two leaves.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2017 22:21 IST
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AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran arriving to appear before Delhi police on April 22.(Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

A court in Delhi on Tuesday asked the Delhi Police what action has been taken against AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran, who has been accused of attempting to bribe Election Commission officials to reclaim the party’s disputed two leaves symbol.

Special Judge Poonam Chaudhary asked the Crime Branch of Delhi Police why it is not taking any action against Dinakaran, nephew of jailed AIADMK party chief VK Sasikala, over the bribery allegations.

The Delhi Police responded that they were already questioning Dinakaran in the matter.

The court posed the questions while extending the police custody of middleman Sukesh Chandrasekhar till April 28. Chandrasekhar was presented before the court after his eight-day police custody expired on Tuesday.

Defence counsel for Chandrasekhar opposed the police’s plea to extend the custody, saying the allegation in the FIR was that Chandrasekhar had conspired with Dinakaran, who has not yet been arrested.

Chandrasekar was arrested from a south Delhi hotel on the night of April 16 allegedly with Rs 1.3 crore that was meant for bribing poll panel officials.

Chandrasekar reportedly told the police he was Dinakaran’s “middleman” and was asked to pay the money to the officials for allotting the ‘two leaves’ party symbol to Dinakaran’s faction of the AIADMK.

First Published: Apr 25, 2017 22:21 IST