Delhi Police to probe Karnataka minister's aide in AIADMK poll symbol bribery scandal

The Delhi Police will probe the role of a purported aide of Karnataka's home minister in connection with an alleged attempt by AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dinakaran to bribe Election Commission officials.

PTI May 17, 2017 07:03:15 IST
Delhi Police to probe Karnataka minister's aide in AIADMK poll symbol bribery scandal

New Delhi: The Delhi Police will probe the role of a purported aide of Karnataka's home minister in connection with an alleged attempt by AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dinakaran to bribe Election Commission officials.

The Crime Branch probing the case had issued a lookout notice for VC Prakash who was the deputy chairman of the NRI Forum Karnataka.

Sources claim that Prakash is a close aide of G Parameshwar who is home minister in the Karnataka government.

Delhi Police to probe Karnataka ministers aide in AIADMK poll symbol bribery scandal

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

Prakash is also a friend of Mallikarjuna who was arrested along with Dinakaran on 25 April. It is suspected that Prakash had helped Mallikarjuna in the money transfer through hawala route, police said.

He has already been questioned once and is likely to be grilled again on Friday.

"It was suspected that he might escape from here and that is why a lookout notice was issued. His statement has been recorded once and he will be questioned again this week," said the officer.

Dinakaran was arrested in Delhi on the night of 25 April after four days of questioning for allegedly attempting to bribe an unidentified Election Commission official to get the undivided AIADMK's 'two leaves' election symbol for his faction for a by-election to the RK Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu which was later cancelled by the EC.

The EC had frozen AIADMK's 'two leaves' symbol after two factions led by Sasikala and former chief minister O Panneerselvam staked claim to it.

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

His name had surfaced after police arrested an alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrasekar who had allegedly told Dinakaran that he had contacts in the EC and would help his faction get the election symbol.

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