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EC bribery case: Delhi police to travel to Tamil Nadu with TTV Dinakaran

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New Delhi: A Delhi police team probing the Election Commission bribery case will on Thursday travel to Tamil Nadu with arrested All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader T.T.V. Dinakaran and his aide to gather details about “illegal channels” used for transferring money from Chennai to Delhi.

The crime branch team will leave for Chennai along with Dinakaran and Mallikarjuna. The police had secured warrants from a city court to search the Chennai residents of Dinakaran and Mallikarjuna as part of its probe.

Police will also be confronting Dinakaran and Mallikarjuna along with the arrested middleman, Sukesh Chandrasekar, to get the details of the money trail and the phone conversations between them. In Chennai, police will try to recover the mobile phones through which Dinakaran used to communicate with Chandrasekar.

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Dinakaran was arrested on Tuesday night following 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.

The police had earlier said Chandrasekar had struck a deal for Rs50 crore to help the AIADMK faction keep the ‘two leaves’ symbol. He had Rs1.30 crore in cash in his possession when he was arrested from a five-star hotel in Delhi on 16 April.

Dinakaran was arrested for allegedly arranging the amount from undisclosed sources and getting it transferred from Chennai to Delhi through illegal channels, said deputy commissioner of police (crime) Madhur Verma.

Mallikarjuna was arrested for allegedly helping Dinakaran transfer this money from Chennai to Delhi, he said. The police are verifying whether Chandrasekar had approached any Election Commission official for getting a favourable verdict for Dinakaran’s faction.

Dinakaran had come under the scanner of the police following Chandrasekar’s arrest. Dinakaran, who was appointed deputy general secretary by AIADMK chief V. K. Sasikala, has been isolated in his party amid moves to merge rival factions led by Tamil Nadu chief minister E.K. Palaniswami and his predecessor O. Panneerselvam.

A powerful section of the ruling AIADMK recently revolted against the Sasikala-Dinakaran leadership. The development came after Panneerselvam, who is leading the rival faction, demanded the ouster of Sasikala and Dinakaran as a condition for merger talks.

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