Union minister P Radhakrishnan on Wednesday said that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre is not behind the arrest of AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dinakaran by Delhi Police in a bribery case. However, the minister added that “bigger” scandals might surface if the case is investigated properly. “Whoever commits the wrong should reap the punishment. There is no need for the BJP to push for the action against Dinakaran or break any party,” he told reporters. The AIADMK deputy secretary and VK Sasikala’s nephew Dinakaran had been arrested for allegedly attempting to bribe the Election Commission. “This is not the height of the scandal. If the proper investigation is conducted, bigger scandals will come to light,” Radhakrishnan, a senior BJP leader from Tamil Nadu, was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
Dinakaran, who was in Delhi for investigation purposes, was arrested late last night by the Delhi police after a through grilling. He was later sent to a five-day police custody by a court. PTI reported that some leaders from Tamil Nadu, including Dinkaran loyalist Nanjil Sampath, have blamed the BJP for his arrest. He also slammed the DMK over the ‘bandh’ called on farmers issue, he said, “It was not for the benefit of the farmers. It was organised by those who could not face the elections.” In dramatic turn of events, the Delhi Police on Sunday arrested the ousted AIADMK leader. Aalong with Dinakaran, his aide Mallikarjuna was also arrested under IPC Section 170- Personating a public servant, and Section 120 B- Punishment of criminal conspiracy.
The Delhi Police had issued a lookout notice against Dinakaran last week. The police had arrested the alleged middleman Sukesh for ‘trying to bribing’ of Rs. 50 crore to help the Dinakaran faction keep the ‘two leaves’ poll symbol.