AIADMK symbol row: Delhi police files chargesheet, says Dinakaran conspired to bribe EC

New Delhi: AIADMK (Amma) faction leader TTV Dinakaran and an alleged middleman conspired to bribe Election Commission officials to get the 'two leaves' symbol for his party, Delhi Police told a court in New Delhi.

The police filed a charge sheet in the court to this effect and said it would file a supplementary charge sheet against Dinakaran after completing the probe on him and three other accused.

In its 701-page final report, the police claims that money recovered from alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrashekar was sent by Dhinakaran through unaccounted channels with the help of other accused persons.

The charge sheet, filed only against Chandrashekar who was arrested on 16 April and is currently in judicial custody, said there was sufficient evidence on record to prosecute him. It named 36 witnesses to support the case.

Police told the court that a supplementary final report would be filed later against other accused — Dinakaran, his close aide TP Mallikarjuna, suspected hawala operators Nathu Singh and Lalit Kumar — who are out on bail.

The charge sheet was filed by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police before link Special Judge Manoj Jain, who listed the matter before the concerned judge on 17 July and issued production warrant for Chandrashekar for that day.

 AIADMK symbol row: Delhi police files chargesheet, says Dinakaran conspired to bribe EC

File image of TTV Dinakaran. News18

Chandrashekar was charge sheeted for alleged offences under the IPC including forgery of valuable security, forgery for purpose of cheating, using forged document as genuine and possessing a forged document, intending to use it as genuine, personating a public servant and criminal conspiracy.

He was also charged with the alleged offence of taking gratification by illegal means to influence public servant under the Prevention of Corruption Act. If convicted, the offences carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

The police alleged in the charge sheet that from the statement of witnesses, analysis of call record of all the accused persons and witnesses, recovery of compact disc and its analysis, it was found that Chandrashekar and Dinakaran were discussing the matter regarding 'two leaves' poll symbol pending before the Election Commission of India (ECI).

"These facts clearly show that a criminal conspiracy was hatched by Chandrashekar and Dinakaran and other accused persons got associated to execute the plan to bribe officials of ECI in order to get a favourable order in the matter pending adjudication regarding the 'two leaves' symbol," the report claimed.

It said the forensic science laboratory results about the CD containing conversation of Chandrashekar and Dinakaran and the contents of seized mobile phones, were awaited.

The report said that investigation about the alleged involvement of ECI officials, recovered cars and the source and route of illegal channels of financial transactions was still in progress.

The police said "investigation qua other accused persons including Dinakaran, Mallikarjuna is pending" and a separate charge sheet in respect of these aspects will be filed later.

It said the accused persons are responsible for diminishing the efforts of government to curb the black money.

A case has been registered by the Enforcement Directorate in this matter, it said.

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, they had seized a fake identity card of a Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament with security features from Chandrashekar. It also allegedly recovered cash worth Rs 1.3 crore 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 ECI after the alleged irregularities surfaced.

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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Updated Date: Jul 14, 2017 19:13:31 IST