AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran on Saturday returned to his home in Adyar in Chennai after being granted bail by the Tis Hazari Court in the alleged Election Commission (EC) bribery case. He was welcomed by his supporters gathered outside his residence. Dinakaran along with his aide Mallikarjuna was granted bail by Delhi’s court after he had sought for the same stating that he was booked for graft charges and no public servant was made an accused in the case. The bail was granted on a personal bond of Rs 5 lakh.
However, the Delhi Police had opposed his bail claiming that he had conspired with others and used corrupt measures to sabotage the sanctity of the election process. The court had granted bail to the duo, saying they were no longer required for custodial interrogation, but has ordered them to surrender their passports.
As per NDTV report, Mallikarjuna who was arrested on the same day as Dinakaran, had sought for his bail stating that the police had made no recovery at his instance and he had joined the investigation without any summons. Earlier all the prime accused in the case, including Sukesh Chandrasekhar and alleged hawala operator Nathu Singh were ordered to be kept under judicial custody till June 12.
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The Delhi Police had earlier opposed to Chandrasekhar’s bail plea, following which the court had reserved its orders. The police had justified their plea saying that several cases were pending against Chandrasekhar. It also said that more arrests are likely to be made in the case soon. Even the court had earlier rejected his bail plea saying that his was a serious crime and granting him bail could lead to tampering of evidences.
The police had also asked for Dinakaran and Chandrasekhar’s consent for taking voice samples, but both the accused denied to comply. After 4 days of extensive questioning by the officials of the EC, Dinakaran was arrested on the April 25 for allegedly trying to bribe officials to bag the AIADMK’s ‘two-leaves’ election symbol.