AIADMK symbol bribery case: TTV Dinakaran refuses to provide voice sample

AIADMK faction leader TTV Dinakaran refused to give consent for giving a voice sample to the police for the Election Commission bribery case investigation

PTI May 20, 2017 19:46:53 IST
AIADMK symbol bribery case: TTV Dinakaran refuses to provide voice sample

New Delhi: All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Amma faction leader TTV Dinakaran on Saturday refused to give consent in a Delhi court for giving voice sample to the police for their investigation in the Election Commission (EC) bribery case.

Dinakaran was brought to the court from the Tihar jail in pursuance to a production warrant issued by Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry on Friday on a plea by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police seeking his consent for a voice sample.

He was produced before Chaudhry who marked the case to a magistrate's court where he declined to give consent.

Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra recorded the statement of Dinakaran and forwarded it to the special judge.

Dinakaran was arrested in New Delhi on the night of 25 April after four days of questioning for allegedly attempting to bribe unidentified EC officials to get the undivided AIADMK's 'two leaves' election symbol.

AIADMK symbol bribery case TTV Dinakaran refuses to provide voice sample

File image of TTV Dinakaran. Image courtesy: Twitter @TTVDinakaran

His faction had hoped to obtain the symbol for the bypoll to the R K Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu, which was later on cancelled by the EC after the alleged irregularities were reported in the media.

The bypoll was necessitated following the death of Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa who was elected from the constituency.

The EC had frozen the AIADMK's symbol after 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.

Meanwhile, Special Judge Chaudhry heard arguments on the bail application of alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrashekar, who was arrested on 16 April, and reserved the order for 22 May.

Chandrashekar's counsel sought bail on the ground that his client has been falsely implicated and made a scapegoat in the case and that he is ready to join the probe.

The police, however, opposed the bail plea, saying the allegations were grave and they have to make more arrests.

The court also extended by two days the police custody of suspected hawala operator Lalit Kumar alias Babu Bhai, who was arrested on 18 May.

The police have alleged that he was the one who had handed over Rs 1 crore through hawala transaction to an unidentified person who had given the amount to Chandrashekar to bribe EC officials.

The police had earlier sought permission to obtain the consent of Dinakaran and Chandrashekar to compare their voice samples with those contained in a CD recovered during the investigation.

While Dinakaran had raised an objection on maintainability of the police plea, Chandrashekar had refused to give his consent for a voice sample.

Dinakaran, his close aide Mallikarjuna, Chandrashekar and suspected hawala operator Nathu Singh, another accused in the case, are lodged in judicial custody till 29 May.

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

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

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