Ousted from AIADMK, Dinakaran to meet MLAs supporting him; may also visit Sasikala in prison: Key developments

The crisis engulfing the All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party in Tamil Nadu seems to be heading towards a conclusion, with expelled former deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran scheduled to appear in the Egmore Court in Chennai on Wednesday, in the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (Fera) case.

TTV Dinakaran. Image courtesy: Twitter/@TTVDhinakaran

TTV Dinakaran. Image courtesy: Twitter/@TTVDhinakaran

According to a report in DNA, the Madras High Court had refused to defer Dinakaran's trial in the money laundering-cum-foreign exchange violation case, agreeing with the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) contention that Dinakaran would have to undergo trial.

The judge denied reprieve to Dinakaran while hearing his petition against the court's order which had refused to defer his trial by six weeks, the report mentioned.

Dinakaran, who is the nephew of former party general secretary VK Sasikala, was also supposed to meet his aunt who is lodged in a Bengaluru jail following her conviction in a disproportionate assets case. The meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, didn't take place, according to a report in Economic Times, and there are chances that the duo might meet on Wednesday to try and work out a solution.

The article also mentioned that aunt and nephew aren't on the best of terms, and Dinakaran's decision not to use Sasikala's pictures in party material after she was jailed apparently didn't go down well with her. Party insiders said the death of another nephew of Sasikala, Mahadevan, while he was on pilgrimage to a temple a few days ago, has rattled the family.

Dinakaran was ousted from the party, and AIADMK leader and Tamil Nadu Finance Minister D Jayakumar had announced that a new committee would soon be formed to discuss what shape the party will take in the future.

Dinakaran, who is said to have the support of only 20 MLAs, has called for a meeting with them and also district secretaries at the party headquarters in Royapettah on Wednesday afternoon.

Updated Date: Apr 19, 2017 10:42 AM

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