Sources from New Delhi have stated that the Delhi police Crime Branch late on Tuesday arrested AIADMK (Amma) deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dhinakaran in connection with an alleged attempt to bribe Election Commission officials to secure the ‘two leaves’ symbol for his faction. He was said to have made the attempt through middleman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, who was arrested last week. Along with Mr. Dhinakaran, his close friend Mallikarjuna was taken into custody.
Meanwhile when speaking to reporters, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Praveer Ranjan confirmed the two arrests. While Mr. Dhinakaran is accused of roping in Mr. Chandrashekhar for the bribery attempt, the role of Mr. Mallikarjuna is not known yet, though sources claimed it was for facilitating the deal. The arrest of Mr. Dhinakaran follows four days of questioning, during which the police claimed to have gathered a lot of information and confronted the two accused. Mr. Mallikarjuna and Mr. Dhinakaran’s personal assistant Janarthana were asked to join the investigations on Tuesday.
Officers said Mr. Janarthana would be used as a
witness because the fresh arrests were made only on his testimony. Both he and
Mr. Dhinakaran were being questioned at the Inter State Cell office of the
Crime Branch in Chanakyapuri. Previously the Delhi police said they had been
told by Shah Faisal, a hawala operator that he had handed over money to Mr.
Chandrashekhar for the bribery attempt.
The whole allegations are against him. Show me the call details where it shows Sukesh Chandrashekar [under arrest] talked to Dhinakaran,” special judge Poonam Chaudhry told the city police. She made these observations while extending the police remand of Mr. Chandrashekhar by three days and the judge had directed the police to show the call details which proved that Mr. Chandrashekhar was in touch with the politician.