Dinakaran faces arrest, AIADMK floats merger plan

A senior minister told The Indian Express that Dinakaran may resign on Tuesday after meeting Sasikala, who is lodged in a Bengaluru jail.

Written by Arun Janardhanan , Mahender Singh Manral | Chennai/new Delhi | Updated: April 18, 2017 12:27 pm
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The door appears to be closing on the political ambitions of T T V Dinakaran, AIADMK deputy general secretary and nephew of jailed party leader V K Sasikala, after Delhi Police registered an FIR against him for allegedly trying to bribe Election Commission officials through a middleman to obtain the party’s two-leaves poll symbol.

Sources in the AIADMK’s ruling Sasikala faction told The Indian Express that they were discussing a number of scenarios to “safeguard” the party and government in Tamil Nadu, including a possible merger with the rebel group led by former chief minister O Panneerselvam. But all options, they said, had one common strand: Dinakaran must go.

A senior minister told The Indian Express that Dinakaran may resign on Tuesday after meeting Sasikala, who is lodged in a Bengaluru jail.

“A Delhi Police team is expected to meet Dinakaran in Chennai tomorrow and summon him to Delhi. If he gets arrested, the merger may happen with Panneerselvam being made the finance minister and given a key party post,” said the minister.

Late in the evening, Chief Minister E Palanisami summoned all AIADMK MLAs to attend a meeting in Chennai on Tuesday, said sources.

Also by evening, a rift appeared to have emerged within the ruling faction on the way forward, with two groups of ministers holding separate meetings. One meeting saw about 20 ministers, who had previously asked Dinakaran to step down, getting together to discuss the crisis. The other had about three ministers gathering at Housing Minister Udumalai K Radhakrishnan’s residence.

Leaders from the first group, later, described Paneerselvam and Palanisami as “brothers” and welcomed the option of a “merger”.

Dinakaran, however, maintained a brave front and denied the charges of bribery using the alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrasekhar, who was arrested from a five-star hotel in south Delhi Sunday, allegedly with Rs 1.3 crore in cash.

“I haven’t bribed anyone. How can I do all this? I will face it (the charge) legally if I get a summons,” he said in Chennai.

Dinakaran was the ruling faction’s candidate for the R K Nagar bypoll, which was cancelled by the Election Commission on April 9, following allegations of voters being bribed. Earlier, the commission had frozen the party’s poll symbol after both factions staked claim to it.

Panneerselvam, meanwhile, indicated that he was open for talks on a merger. The hint was welcomed by Sasikala faction leader and Lok Sabha deputy speaker M Thambidurai. “It is a good decision. We welcome it. There have been differences of opinion, but we are all united. Safeguarding the government will be the first priority,” he said.

Last week, several ministers had reportedly asked Dinakaran to step down, claiming that he was the target of the central agencies, and not the party — the bypoll allegations were based on I-T searches at 35 properties of Health Minister C Vijayabaskar.

Sources in the Panneerselvam camp said they were exploring other options, too, including a large-scale defection from the ruling faction. On Monday, it approached the Election Commission with a petition to dispose of the case relating to appointment of Sasikala as the party’s general secretary, which it had challenged.

According to the petition by MP V Maitreyan, Sasikala, convicted in a disproportionate assets case, cannot hold the post as she was subjected to disciplinary proceedings by former chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The commission had earlier set Monday as the deadline to submit affidavits, although the ruling AIADMK (Amma) faction had sought eight weeks.

However, leaders in both factions said the government would stay.

“Even if some ministers are in a hurry for a merger or to switch sides, bringing down the government will not be favoured by a majority of the AIADMK MLAs. But these MLAs are not likely to favour Dinakaran and Sasikala, either. There are three priorities: safeguard the government, escape the wrath of the BJP-led Centre and retrieve the symbol. It is unlikely that we will get the symbol while the Sasikala family controls the party,” said a leader of the ruling faction.

In Delhi, the alleged middleman Chandrasekhar was transferred to police custody for eight days by Special Judge Pratibha Chowdhry.

DCP (Crime) Madhur Verma said, “Police arrested Sukesh, who was allegedly trying to bribe officials of the EC for the AIADMK symbol, and recovered Rs 1.30 crore from his possession. We have also recovered two cars, a BMW and a Mercedes. We have registered an FIR under Section 170 (impersonating a public servant) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC, and Section 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (gratification by corrupt or illegal means to influence a public servant), naming Dinakaran.”

Sources said officers of police’s inter-state cell received information that Chandrasekar, who had earlier been arrested in several cases of cheating, was trying to contact EC officials.

“Police arrested him at the hotel where he was staying with his wife. A CD was found in his possession in which he had allegedly recorded telephone conversations with someone identified as Dinakaran. Police also found an audio recording of a retired bureaucrat in conversation with Chandrasekhar. The CD will be sent to a forensic lab,” sources said.

“During questioning, he said he approached Dinakaran a few months ago and offered help. He claimed that he had struck a deal worth Rs 50 crore to get Dinakaran’s AIADMK faction the ‘two leaves’ symbol,” sources said.

“Around 10 days ago, Chandrasekhar came to Delhi posing as an MP. He told police that he received Rs 10 crore from a Delhi-based hawala operator and visited several ministries to approach officials with contacts in the EC. Police have seized CCTV footage from the hotel and the ministries,” said sources.

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    Sujatha Selvam
    Apr 18, 2017 at 12:38 pm
    @Raj V: Yes, we do love Dravidian parties the most, because the BJP or the Congress parties are of "northern" in nature, they call us "black", they think that they are superior being, they want to impose Hindi on us, they want to make Tamil Nadu like Bihar state (jungle raj type model). But in Tamil Nadu, be it Karunanidhi or MGR or Jayalalithaa, the law and order were excellent, they strive for state development, it was Karunanidhi who first transformed the state to an industrially developed state. Yes, except MGR, there were corruptions, but the people were never h a r a s s e d or intimidated. These leaders kept the state people in happy mood. We can believe Congress to an extent, but definitely we cannot trust BJP, because they have a lot of hidden agenda, they promise a lot of things to the people but in reality the people get nothing, as a matter of fact, people are punished for being a good citizen. Big corporate are worshipped and poor people are allowed to sink in the poverty.
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      Giri Gowda
      Apr 18, 2017 at 10:57 am
      Karma Serving up justice one at a time :-))))
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        Giri Gowda
        Apr 18, 2017 at 10:56 am
        Karma Serving up justice one at a time :-)
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          indiafirst
          Apr 18, 2017 at 9:54 am
          ------------------NEWS ALERT : Dear Fellow indians It has come to notice that underworld with use of bollywood wants to spread riots in India. For example Sonu nigam complaining about azaan. The underworld chhota shakel dawood goons are very active in bollywood. They are using proxy to spread riots which may help if god forbid Indian stan war breaks out. SO DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS ................STAY UNITED AND STAY STRONG. dont give in to social media controversy. Raise your doubt about intention of who says what at what time and who will benefit. SHARE THIS AS MUCH AS पॉसिबल...............................शेयर please
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            TIHAEwale
            Apr 18, 2017 at 9:22 am
            Arun Jana is sitting in his office and attributing to sources that Ministers want Dinakaran out where as the fact is Sasikala is as good or even better than Jaya in handling the crooks in AIADMK including Panner backed by Feku56 and Tadipaar Amit who have gone by claims of motor mouth Venkiah. Now coming to DP the lap dog of Central who filed a number of cases against AAP and today all those cases are are confined to dustbin. Similarly now Madhur Verma claim that arrested conman Sukesh, who was allegedly trying to bribe officials of the EC for the AIADMK symbol, and recovered Rs 1.30 crore from his possession. We have also recovered two cars, a BMW and a Mercedes. We have registered an FIR under Section 170 (impersonating a public servant) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC, and Section 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (gratification by corrupt or illegal means to influence a public servant), naming Dinakaran.” We in TN know Karuna, PC, Sasi only accept not pay
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              mediahater
              Apr 18, 2017 at 9:19 am
              Dravidian parties are most corrupt in the nation
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                l s
                Apr 18, 2017 at 8:50 am
                Arrested many times. Still in power with crores of looted money. People in this country are mad to repeatedly elect such criminals, in each and every state, who spend a few crores at the time of elections, and later loot hundreds of crores. No accountability in Indian politics. Maximum number of criminals are politicians in India. Put them behind bars for 20 years minimum.
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                  kuju
                  Apr 18, 2017 at 8:17 am
                  Sasikala's camp have mastered corruption. TTV Dinakaran is foster son of JJ
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                    sid
                    Apr 18, 2017 at 9:27 am
                    The foster son of Jayalalitha is Sudhakaran, not Dhinakaran.
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                      Sujatha Selvam
                      Apr 18, 2017 at 12:03 pm
                      Please do not comment if you do not know who is who? There is limit for idiocy when it comes to journalism. How dare you say TTV Dinakaran is foster son of JJ?
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                      ramesh
                      Apr 18, 2017 at 8:11 am
                      Recent happenings show lack of morality in this faction they just want to cling to the power anyhow this recent attempt to bribing goes against them very badly not it is time for them to decide to keep themselves aside to save the party as such because it is time for survival need of the hour is to merge and also give ops faction proper place in party
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                        Dipak
                        Apr 18, 2017 at 7:52 am
                        GOOD. ONE MORE JAYA LALITA AMMA GOONDA IS ELIMINATED.
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                          Raj V
                          Apr 18, 2017 at 7:16 am
                          It is surprising that Tamilnadu people did not agitate for this cause.Probably they are happy with corrupt kalagams swindling them and giving part of this as freebies .
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                            Motivated History
                            Apr 18, 2017 at 9:08 am
                            Tamil people have lofty ideals. They only agitate for bulls....rights ( bull runs aka jallikattu ). Giving and taking money is just normal day to day living. Not worth lifting a finger. Having said that they will agitate for/against Koodangulam or any progressive agenda if paid well.
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                            Murthy
                            Apr 18, 2017 at 6:38 am
                            Sadly, the two Dravidian parties which have ruled Tamil Nadu for so many decades choose "short cuts" by habit. Within Tamil Nadu, "Kara Veshtis" ( dhotis with the colours of the DMK in the border ), that is, DMK / ADMK politicians, however lower down the scale, have had a free run, with senior Police and government Officers "overlooking" every law and practice to oblige them. The "Nidhi" ( Sanskrit for "Wealth" ) Family started the practice of paying for votes in a cons uency called "Thiru Mangalam" ( "Beautifully Au ious " !!!), then the habit was picked up by the ADMK also. Both parties have nurtured a seriously Corrupt Raj where they have paid their voters up to Rs.8,000/- per vote, on top of other freebies, official and unofficial. You will not find any columnists of our esteemed media revealing such details, because both DMK and ADMK are viewed as "secular" by the lefties !!!!
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                              RAMASWAMY
                              Apr 18, 2017 at 7:15 am
                              buying the voters didn't begun with thirumangalam. it was from kanjeepuram by election. jayalalith was the fountain source of all the evil doings in the tamil nadu politics, like BJP is the root cause of all the ills in the indian politics.
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                                Jeslin Patricya
                                Apr 18, 2017 at 7:29 am
                                Well Said
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                                Jaganathan Vijayakumar
                                Apr 18, 2017 at 7:59 am
                                Well do ented. Like Donald Trump was dumped by paid media, Dr.Anbunani Ramd is dumped by paid media in Tamilnadu during last year embly election. He was giving solutions to analysed problems for each district like CEO during 2016 election in Tamilnadu. Money paid by DMK and ADMK with paid media subotaged him to CM of Tamilnadu.
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                                  MG
                                  Apr 18, 2017 at 10:44 am
                                  Anbumani Ramadoss can never become anything in TN unless he comes out of the caste politics. When Anbumani could give solutions to each district of TN, why doesn't he have the vision/intellect to see anything beyond caste? You take the percentage of Anbumani's party members, >90 members are from his own community. The party itself was started and advertised in the name of caste by his Dad and him. Why does he always choose Dharmapuri cons uency for standing in the election? Because Dharmapuri is full of his community. They are the reason for Ilavarasan's murder in Dharmapuri. In which era are we living in? still clinging onto intra-caste marriage.
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                                    Jaganathan Vijayakumar
                                    Apr 18, 2017 at 11:09 am
                                    Dear MG, all parties are communal in one way or the other. We have DMK, ADMK, BJP and Congress, let us give an opportunity to Dr.Anbumani as all the parties are coping the statement of Dr.Ramad who is having office bearer of all communities. Paid media is not recognizing him
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                                  Manu USA
                                  Apr 18, 2017 at 6:36 am
                                  When the corruption will stop in Tamilnadu. Everyone is so corrupt?
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                                    Sheik Mohamed
                                    Apr 18, 2017 at 6:34 am
                                    Those who sows the evil has to reap evil, thanks to Delhi Police's Prompt action Chandra Shekar was apprehended.
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                                      Jaganathan Vijayakumar
                                      Apr 18, 2017 at 7:53 am
                                      Excellent wording and Jai Hind
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