New Delhi: An alleged hawala operator was arrested in Delhi on Friday in connection with the Election Commission bribery case in which three persons, including AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dinakaran, were in police custody.
Naresh was apprehended at the Delhi Airport for his alleged involvement in "illegal transfer" of money to arrested middleman Sukesh Chandrasekhar by Dinakaran, said a senior police officer.
Praveer Ranjan, joint commissioner of police (crime), confirmed the arrest but did not elaborate.
On Thursday, Dinakaran was taken to Chennai and searches were conducted at his residence in the city as part of the probe.
Delhi Crime Branch police personnel led by Assistant Commissioner Sanjay Sherawat searched the residences of Dinakaran and that of his associate Mallikarjuna, who has also been arrested.
Police had secured warrants from a Delhi court to conduct the searches as part of efforts to gather "further evidence" in the alleged attempt by Dinakaran to bribe EC officials.
However, it is not known whether any seizures were made.
Besides the two, others connected to them were also questioned over "illegal channels" and "conduits" used for sending money to Delhi.
Dinakaran was arrested on 25 April night here following four days of questioning for allegedly attempting to bribe an unidentified EC official to get the undivided AIADMK's 'two leaves' election symbol for his faction.
Police had earlier said Sukesh Chandrasekar, who was the first to be arrested, had struck a deal for Rs 50 crore to help the AIADMK (Amma)faction keep the two leaves symbol.
They had seized Rs 1.30 crore from Chandrasekar when he was arrested from a five-star hotel in Delhi on 16 April.
Dinakaran has been accused of allegedly arranging the amount from undisclosed sources and getting it transferred from Chennai to Delhi through illegal channels.
Mallikarjuna was arrested for allegedly helping Dinakaran transfer this money from Chennai to Delhi, police had
Police are also verifying whether Chandrasekar had approached any EC official for getting a favourable verdict for Dinakaran's faction.
Dinakaran, who was appointed deputy general secretary by jailed AIADMK chief V K Sasikala, is facing a revolt by an influential section of state ministers who have decided to keep the two out of party affairs.
With inputs from PTI
Published Date: Apr 28, 2017 11:08 am | Updated Date: Apr 28, 2017 12:31 pm