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Delhi police issues lookout notice against Dinakaran amid AIADMK merger talks

LiveMint logoLiveMint 19-04-2017 PTI

New Delhi/Chennai: The Delhi police has issued a lookout notice against All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader T.T.V. Dinakaran, accused of bribing an Election Commission official to get the coveted “two leaves” symbol for his faction.

The action comes in the wake of inputs that Dinakaran was an NRI and could try to flee, the police said.

The AIADMK deputy general secretary is already facing the heat as the K. Palaniswami cabinet on Tuesday night revolted against him and decided to keep him and his family out of the party and the government.

Dinakaran has also convened a meeting of party MLAs in Chennai later on Wednesday.

Praveer Ranjan, joint commissioner of police (crime), confirmed that the lookout notice has been issued and said that it was a preventive action. Immigration officials have been alerted, police said.

Earlier, the Crime Branch had arrested an alleged middleman, Sukesh Chandrashekhar, in connection with the matter. He claimed that he had told Dinakaran that he will get a favourable verdict from the Election Commission of India in the party symbol case, he said. The 27-year-old had told Dinakaran that he has contacts in the Election Commission who will help the Sasikala faction get the AIADMK’s poll symbol of two leaves for bypolls to the R K Nagar assembly seat in Tamil Nadu.

The police got on Chadrashekhar’s trail after they received a tip-off from an informer about certain Election Commission officials being approached. It has been learnt that he had struck a deal for Rs50 crore for helping the AIADMK faction keep the “two leaves” symbol, said an officer privy to the probe.

Till now, the middleman had allegedly got Rs10 crore of the deal amount and the remaining amount was to be given to him in a time-bound manner. He had allegedly received money through the some Chandni Chowk-based hawala operators and the police is probing the hawala link.

On Tuesday, Chandrashekhar was taken to Chandni Chowk by Crime Branch officers to identify the hawala operators. There are chances he might be taken to Chennai to uncover the money trail.

Meanwhile, Dinakaran has convened a meeting of party MLAs in Chennai on Wednesday, hours after the Tamil Nadu cabinet led by chief minister E.K. Palaniswami revolted against him.

He is scheduled to discuss the situation arising out of the revolt by the ministers, party sources said.

Six MLAs, including P Vetrivel and Thanga Tamilselvan, have extended their open support to Dinakaran, whose house witnessed hectic activity till early on Wednesday.

His supporters, including senior leaders such as Nanjil Sampath and Tamil Magan Hussein, held discussions with him, though Dinakaran chose not to meet waiting mediapersons despite initial indications that he would address them.

The rival O. Panneerselvam camp is also meeting separately here to discuss the future course of action, sources in the faction said.

The Panneerselvam camp will also be meeting to discuss the present political situation. The latest revolt came on a day when the Panneerselvam camp made merger talks between the two camps conditional to the ouster of Sasikala and Dinakaran.

This is the second revolt in AIADMK since party supremo Jayalalithaa’s death in December last.

Panneerselvam broke ranks with Sasikala in February, alleging he was forced to resign. Now there are three factions in Tamil Nadu headed by Palaniswami, Panneerselvam and Dinakaran, who is filling in for Sasikala, jailed in connection with the DA case in which Jayalalithaa was the main accused.

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