FERA violation case: Chennai court directs TTV Dinakaran to appear before it

Chennai: A Chennai court on Friday ordered production of AIADMK (Amma) faction leader TTV Dinakaran before it from Tihar jail in New Delhi to face its proceedings in a FERA violation case against him.

Economic offences court-II Judge S Malarmathi issued a Prisoner on Transit (PT) warrant against Dinakaran to enable Enforcement Directorate to bring him to Chennai court from Tihar jail.

File image of TTV Dinakaran. PTI

File image of TTV Dinakaran. PTI

Dinakaran has been lodged in Tihar jail following his arrest in a case involving his alleged bid to to bribe an Election Commission of India official to secure the AIADMK's two-leaves poll symbol for Amma faction of the party.

Dinakaran is facing two cases filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against him for alleged violations of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) in 1994.

On 19 April, the economic offences court had framed charges against Dinakaran for FERA violation in the Dipper investment case in which he has been accused by the ED of transferring $ 1 crore illegally. The second case pertains to the transfer of 44.37 lakh pounds through West Bank Ltd, Ireland, allegedly breaching FERA provisions.

As the Delhi police has arrested him in the alleged bribery bid case, he had not appeared before the court for framing of charges in the second case. The public prosecutor for ED submitted details of his arrest following which the judge issued the PT warrant to enable the ED to produce him before the court on 8 June.

The judge then adjourned the matter to the same date.

Dhinakaran was arrested in Delhi on 25 April the night after four days of questioning for allegedly attempting to bribe an unidentified EC official to get the undivided AIADMK's 'two leaves' election symbol. His faction hoped to obtain the symbol for a bypoll to the RK Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu which was later cancelled by the Election Commission (EC). He is in judicial custody till 15 May.

Updated Date: May 12, 2017 21:48 PM

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