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EC bribery case: Cops search residences of TTV Dhinakaran, aide Mallikarjuna

EC bribery case

Chennai: TTV Dhinakaran, arrested by the Delhi Police in connection with an EC bribery case, was on Thursday taken to Chennai and searches were steered at his residence in Chennai as part of the investigation.

Delhi Crime Branch police officials led by Asst Commissioner Sanjay Sherawat searched the residences of TTV Dhinakaran and that of his assistant Mallikarjuna, police sources stated tonight.

The police had received warrants from a Delhi court to conduct the searches which were part of efforts to collect “more evidence” in the assumed attempt by TTV Dhinakaran to bribe Election Commission official, they stated.

Though, they did not say whether any seizures were made.

Besides the Dhinakaran and Mallikarjuna, others connected to them were also interrogated over illegal channels and channels used for sending money to Delhi from Chennai, the sources stated.

Earlier, the TTV Dhinakaran and Mallikarjuna were brought to Chennai by a flight around 1 pm by the Delhi police team, 2 days after their arrest in the EC bribery case.

TTV Dhinakaran’s supporters Pugazhenthi and Nanchil Sambath were at the airport when TTV Dhinakaran arrived.

Dhinakaran was arrested on the night of April 25 in Delhi following 4 days of interrogative for supposedly attempting to bribe an unrevealed EC official to get the undivided AIADMK’s ‘Two Leaves’ election symbol for his group.

Police had earlier stated suspected middleman Sukesh Chandrasekar, who was the first to be arrested, had struck a deal for Rs 50 crore to help the AIADMK (Amma) group keep the ‘two leaves’  party symbol.

They had seized Rs 1.30 crore from Sukesh Chandrasekar when he was arrested from a 5-star hotel in Delhi on April 16.

Dhinakaran has been defendant of supposedly arranging the amount from unidentified sources and getting it transferred from Chennai to Delhi through illegal channels.

Mallikarjuna was arrested for supposedly helping Dhinakaran transfer this money from Chennai to Delhi, police had stated.

Police are also verifying whether Sukesh Chandrasekar had approached any Election Commission official for getting a favorable verdict for TTV Dhinakaran’s faction.

Dhinakaran, who was chosen deputy general secretary by jailed AIADMK chief V K Sasikala, is facing a revolution by dominant section of state ministers who have decided to keep the 2 out of party affairs.

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