AIADMK 'two-leaves' symbol row: Court denies bail to accused arrested in EC bribery case involving TTV Dinakaran

A special court dismissed the bail plea of an alleged middleman who was arrested in the Election Commission bribery case involving AIADMK (Amma) faction leader TTV Dinakaran.

PTI July 29, 2017 16:57:04 IST
AIADMK 'two-leaves' symbol row: Court denies bail to accused arrested in EC bribery case involving TTV Dinakaran

New Delhi: A special court on Saturday dismissed the bail plea of an alleged middleman who was arrested in the Election Commission bribery case involving AIADMK (Amma) faction leader TTV Dinakaran.

Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry denied bail to Sukesh Chandrashekar, who was arrested on 16 April and charge-sheeted by the Delhi Police on 14 July.

"Bail application dismissed. Detailed order to follow later in the day," the court said.

AIADMK twoleaves symbol row Court denies bail to accused arrested in EC bribery case involving TTV Dinakaran

File image of TTV Dinakaran. PTI

Chandrashekar had sought bail on the ground that his custody was not required as the investigation regarding him was complete.

The prosecutor had opposed the bail plea saying that the investigation in the case was still going on.

He has been denied bail twice by a sessions court and then by the Delhi High Court.

The court has already fixed August three to consider the issue of taking cognisance of the charge sheet filed in the case.

The Delhi Police crime branch has charge-sheeted Chandrashekar for alleged offences under the IPC including forgery of valuable security, forgery for purpose of cheating, using forged document as genuine, possessing a forged document, intending to use it as a genuine and criminal conspiracy.

He was also charged with the alleged offence of taking gratification by illegal means to influence public servants under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

If convicted, the offences carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

The police have alleged in the charge sheet that Dinakaran and Chandrashekar had conspired to bribe Election Commission (EC) officials to get the 'two leaves' symbol for their party.

They have told the court that a supplementary final report would be filed later against accused Dinakaran, his close aide TP Mallikarjuna, suspected hawala operators Nathu Singh and Lalit Kumar, who are out on bail, after completing the probe against them.

The police have claimed that the money allegedly recovered from Chandrashekar was sent by Dinakaran through unaccounted channels with the help of other accused persons.

Chandrashekar was arrested for allegedly taking money from Dinakaran to bribe ECI officials to get the AIADMK's 'two leaves' symbol for the Sasikala faction.

According to the police, Rs 1.3 crore in cash was allegedly recovered from him at the time of the raid at a hotel in Chanakyapuri area of south Delhi.

Dinakaran was arrested here on the night of 25 April after four days of questioning for allegedly attempting to bribe ECI officials for the symbol. Mallikarjuna was also arrested the same day.

His faction had hoped to obtain the symbol for the bypoll to the RK Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu which was later cancelled by the ECI after the alleged irregularities surfaced, according to the police.

The bypoll was necessitated by the death of Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa who represented the constituency.

The ECI had frozen the AIADMK's symbol after the two factions of the party one led by Dinakaran's aunt Sasikala and the other by former chief minister O Panneerselvam staked a claim to it.

Mallikarjuna was arrested for allegedly facilitating a Rs 50 crore deal between Dinakaran and Chandrashekar.

Dinakaran has been accused of arranging the money from undisclosed sources and getting it transferred from Chennai to Delhi through illegal channels.

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