EC bribery case: Delhi Police arrest Dinakaran after four days of questioning

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Praveer Ranjan confirmed the arrest of the two men but declined to go into details.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Updated: April 26, 2017 7:18 am
T T V Dinakaran, rk nagar poll, T T V Dinakaran arrest, dinakaran arrest, mallikarjuna arrest, election commission, EC bribery case, V K sasikala, indian express news, indian news Police sources said Dinakaran and Mallikarjuna were arrested after being questioned at length Tuesday. (File photo)

Five days after he was made to step down as deputy general secretary of the AIADMK, T T V Dinakaran, nephew of the jailed party general secretary V K Sasikala, and his friend Mallikarjuna were arrested Tuesday night by Delhi Police for allegedly trying to bribe an Election Commission official to get the two-leaves symbol during the bypoll to the R K Nagar assembly seat in Tamil Nadu.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Praveer Ranjan confirmed the arrest of the two men but declined to go into details. Police sources said Dinakaran and Mallikarjuna were arrested after being questioned at length Tuesday. In a related development, police custody of arrested middleman Sukesh Chandrasekhar was extended until April 28.

The Election Commission had frozen the AIADMK’s two-leaves symbol after factions led by Sasikala and former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam staked claim to it. The bypoll to the R K Nagar assembly seat, slated for April 12, was cancelled after the EC said the electoral process had been “seriously vitiated” by money power. Dinakaran was the candidate of the Sasikala faction.

Sources said Dinakaran was placed under arrest after he admitted during questioning that he knew Sukesh who had met him through an advocate. “Initially, Dinakaran did not admit that he met Sukesh. But he broke down after police showed him call detail records of his phone which showed they were in constant touch. He was also shown a CD, recovered from Sukesh, which had recordings of their phone conversation,” sources said.

During questioning, Dinakaran claimed Sukesh posed as a judge and assured him about a review petition on behalf of the jailed Sasikala. Sources said Dinakaran was called by police at 5 pm and was questioned together with his personal assistant Janardhan and Mallikarjuna.

Dinakaran denied having paid any money to Sukesh for the two-leaves symbol. During questioning, he said Sukesh had told him that he would file a review petition on behalf of Sasikala. She is serving a jail term in a disproportionate assets case and was convicted by the Supreme Court.

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    Jaganathan Vijayakumar
    Apr 26, 2017 at 12:28 pm
    Just like sharing with DMK, new sharing formula will be decided before next election is announced. DMK and ADMK symbols will be blocked for the benefit of Tamilnadu by election commission.
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      Sujatha Selvam
      Apr 26, 2017 at 11:40 am
      Wait! Game not over yet, he will be granted bail if BJP did not get AIADMK's support to their Presidential election.
      1. T
        Apr 26, 2017 at 9:44 am
        TTV is no fool like corrupt DP wants us to believe. once police remand end the Judge will thro into dustbinthe charges leveled by DP very much like what happened with various cases filed against AAP in Delhi
        1. P
          Apr 26, 2017 at 9:15 am
          Dinakaran's arrest is a welcome move. He truly deserves to be in jail. Sasikala, Dinakaran and the entire Mannarkudi gang used Jaya's political power to am huge wealth and money all in illegal manner and they strongly believed that they can do any thing with money power, first bribing voters with 90crores for one MLA seat and then bribing EC with 60cr too much. First Sasikala and now Dinarakan in jail is definitely justice served to Tamils. Hope he does not come out soon on bail.
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            C N Raghuraman Raghuraman
            Apr 26, 2017 at 7:46 am
            Suresh is a High court Judge, so thought Dinakaran. It is a joke. Either Dinakaran is a dumb person or he is lying through his teeth.
            1. N
              Apr 26, 2017 at 7:16 am
              Very crooked role of politicians most horrible ! Election Commission COULD straightaway BAN name Amma with Party name, to avoid street fights like this. Also create OWN symbols for adoption and place it before the Parties to choose one ; NO need to bring in name of their ex Leaders or their symbols - Pray we become MORE strict on all these RULES !
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                Sheik Mohamed
                Apr 26, 2017 at 6:26 am
                Well done job carried out Delhi Police which brings culprit under clutches of law. Time now is for to expel him from party and AIADMK men to unite after sinking all differences in order to carry out legacy of late CM Ms.Jaya in carrying out development works in TN and to oppose centre's policy like methene gas etc., as well as to urge NAMO government to waive off farm loans of TN as has been done in the case of UP farmers.
                1. P
                  Apr 26, 2017 at 6:20 am
                  In indian politics it is a general practice for a newly formed ruling party to extort all that the outgoing politicians had looted. In this case DMK cannot extort because it is not in power. But BJP is acting as the incoming party to extort. I am not a supporter of that crimnal family(I don't even want to use her name). But the beauty is that the criminal out and criminal in(needless to say Modi is more than a crimnal with 1000s of king-whispering brahmin criminal as advisors) culture is going to destroy the country. Why would brahmin crimnals worry what happens to the country? After all those criminals have been doing this for 3000 years and it is not their country. This money will be used lavishly for RSS TERRORISM activities in addition to the money flowing from foreign countries especially The USA. And Modi is no saint, infact he is a TERRORIST HIMSELF with a saintly and innocence facade!
                  1. T
                    Apr 26, 2017 at 9:47 am
                    undergoing PMT today ?
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