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Delhi Police Serves Summons to Dinakaran in Bribery Case

The deputy chief of AIADMK (Amma) who is tied up in a case of alleged bribery.

The deputy chief of AIADMK (Amma) who is tied up in a case of alleged bribery. Credit: PTI

Chennai: Delhi police officials on Wednesday night served summons to AIADMK deputy chief T.T.V Dinakaran in a case of alleged bribery to Election Commission officials for retrieving the party’s ‘two leaves’ symbol.

It is, however, not known when Dinakaran has been asked to appear before them.

Assistant commissioner Sanjay and another official served the summons to Dinakaran at his upscale Besant Nagar residence here.

The Delhi police personnel, who were inside Dinakaran’s house for about 20 minutes, declined to speak to the media while leaving the premises.

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

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

On Wednesday (April 19), 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.

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

Dinakaran on Wednesday questioned the need for the lookout notice, asking how he could flee the country when his passport had been “in court” for 20 years.

Earlier, the crime branch had arrested an alleged middleman here, Sukesh Chandrashekhar, in connection with the matter.

He claimed that he had told Dinakaran that he would get a favourable verdict from the Election Commission of India in the party symbol case, he said.

The 27-year-old had told Dinakaran that he had contacts in the commission and his contacts would help the Sasikala faction get the AIADMK’s poll symbol of two leaves in a by-poll to the R.K. Nagar assembly seat in Tamil Nadu.

Police followed Chandrashekhar’s trail after they received a tip-off from an informant about certain Election Commission officials being approached.

It has been learnt that he had struck a deal for Rs 50 crore for helping the AIADMK faction keep the ‘two leaves’ symbol.

Till now, the middleman had allegedly got Rs 10 crore of the deal amount and the remaining amount was to be given to him in a time-bound manner.

He had allegedly received money through some Chandni Chowk-based hawala operators and police is probing the hawala link. On Tuesday, Chandrasekhar had been taken to Chandni Chowk by the crime branch officers to identify the hawala operators.

Dinakaran had, soon after the arrest of Chandrasekhar, asserted that he would take up the matter legally.