An FIR has been registered today against AIADMK deputy general secretary and Sasikala's nephew TTV Dinakaran by the Delhi police crime branch for allegedly trying to bribe Election Commission officials for the AIADMK's two leaves symbol, reported news agency ANI.
Sources said the seizure of cash took place yesterday and after enquiry, the middleman was arrested this morning. Also, Sukesh Chandrashekhar has reportedly admitted that he had received the money from Sasikala faction.
Significantly, the arrest took place just hours ahead of the Election Commission is scheduled to hear the dispute between the two factions of the AIADMK about the validity of appointment of Sasikala as the general secretary as well the Two Leaves symbol.
Reportedly, the Delhi Crime Branch has also sent a report on the arrest of middleman to the Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi.
TTV Dinakaran named accused in FIR filed by Delhi Police crime branch for allegedly offering bribe for AIADMK's 'Two leaves' symbol':Sources pic.twitter.com/ze74aUkEkq— ANI (@ANI_news) April 17, 2017
Earlier this month, the EC had cancelled the RK Nagar bypoll over ‘systemic bribing’ of voters. The order, passed jointly by Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and the two other election commissioners, largely relied on the recent alleged seizures of documents by Income Tax officials from the premises linked to a few State ministers. Read more
On March 23rd, the Election Commission froze AIADMK's two leaves symbol, after hearing both factions of the party contesting for the symbol. After the death of former AIADMK chief and Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, there has been a tug of war between General Secretary VK Sasikala and the breakaway faction headed by former chief minister O Panneerselvam. Read more
(With inputs from Express News Service)