The police custody of Sukesh Chandrashekhar, the man alleged to be TTV Dinkaran’s middleman ends on Tuesday, as he will be produced in the Tis Hazari court in the case involving bribing of an Election Commission official to get the party’s ‘two-leaves’ symbol. The police had arrested and sent Sukesh to custody for allegedly striking a deal of Rs. 50 crore to help the Dinakaran faction keep the ‘two leaves’ poll symbol. The Crime Branch recovered approximately Rs 1.3 crore and two luxury cars, a BMW and a Mercedes, from Chandrashekhar. Chandrasekhar was picked up from the Hyatt hotel and was produced at the residence of Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry, who allowed the Delhi Police’s plea to interrogate the accused for eight days.
Dinakaran was also named as an accused in the FIR, filed by the Delhi Police Crime Branch. On Saturday, Dinakaran was given a set of questions by the Delhi Police in connection with the case. According to sources, Dinakaran was given a questionnaire and an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) questioned him.
The questionnaire included queries about the money trail, his association with Sukesh Chandrashekhar, the middleman alleged to have struck deal for Rs 50 crore to help Dinakaran’s AIADMK faction keep the ‘two leaves’ poll symbol, how many times he met Sukesh and whether any meeting with the Election Commission officials took place, or not, etc.
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On Thursday, a team of the Delhi Police Crime Branch reached Chennai and served a notice on Dinakaran and asked him to join the probe. The Delhi Police had issued a lookout notice against Dinakaran on Tuesday.
Dinakaran’s faction contested on the hat symbol for the RK Nagar assembly by-polls, after the Election Commission froze their two leaves symbol while acknowledging the split in the party. The polling was later cancelled by the Election Commission.