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Delhi Police serve summons to Dinakaran in AIADMK symbol case

The Delhi Police had registered an FIR against the AIADMK (Amma) deputy general secretary for allegedly bribing a middleman to get AIADMK’s two leaves symbol allotted to his faction.

india Updated: Apr 20, 2017 00:59 IST
HT Correspondent, New Delhi/Chennai
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TTV Dinakaran was ousted from AIADMK by K Paliniswamy on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)

A Delhi Police team served a summons to AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran at his upscale Chennai residence late on Wednesday.

An ACP-rank officer, along with a team of crime branch sleuths, served the notice asking him to appear before police on Monday.

Delhi Police have booked the AIADMK deputy general secretary for allegedly trying to bribe an Election Commission official to get the party’s “two leaves” symbol allotted to his group. The symbol has been frozen by the poll panel after two warring AIADMK factions staked claim to it.

Dinakaran allegedly paid bribe to middleman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, who is involved in multiple cheating cases across Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai. Dinakaran’s name was mentioned in the FIR that Delhi Police registered on Sunday night after Chandrashekhar’s arrest.

Delhi Police personnel, who were inside Dhinakaran’s house for about 20 minutes, declined to speak to the waiting media while leaving the premises.

Anxiety and tension, meanwhile, prevailed for a while as a party worker tried to allegedly set himself ablaze to protest the police action.

The self-immolation bid was thwarted by other cadres and some plainclothesmen.

Dinakaran had soon after the arrest of Chandrasekhar asserted that he will face the matter legally. He had denied any knowledge of Chandrasekhar.

On Tuesday, Delhi Police had issued a lookout notice against Dinakaran.

The lookout notice was issued in the wake of inputs that Dinakaran was an NRI and could try to flee the country, police said.

Dinakaran virtually questioned the need for the lookout notice, saying how could he flee the country when his passport was “in court” for 20 years.

The AIADMK (Amma) deputy general secretary is already facing the heat as the K Palaniswami cabinet revolted against him Tuesday night and decided to keep him and his family out of the party and the government.

Dinakaran has convened a meeting of party MLAs in Chennai on Wednesday.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Apr 20, 2017 00:30 IST