AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran appears before ED in Delhi for second time

AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran appeared before the ED for the second time on Friday for questioning in a money laundering case.

Published: 22nd April 2022 02:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd April 2022 02:58 PM   |  A+A-

AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran

AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran (Photo | EPS)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran appeared before the ED here for the second time on Friday for questioning in a money laundering case linked to the alleged bribing of Election Commission officials to get the AIADMK's 'two leaves' symbol for the V K Sasikala faction, officials said.

The agency will continue recording his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), they said.

The first time, Dhinakaran was grilled by the Enforcement Directorate for about eight hours at its office here on April 12.

The agency issued fresh summons to him last week.

The agency's notice and investigation against the 58-year-old Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) leader came after it recently arrested jailed 'conman' and another accused in this case, Sukesh Chandrashekhar.

While exiting the ED office late at night on April 12, Dhinakaran told reporters that he cooperated with the agency and replied to their questions in the Sukesh Chandrashekhar case.

Chandrashekhar was also grilled by the agency in the case over the last week.

The ED case under the criminal provisions of the PMLA is based on the primary FIR filed against the accused by the Delhi Police Crime Branch in 2017.

Both Dhinakaran and Chandrashekhar were arrested by the Crime Branch then.

Officials had said that they recorded the statement of Chandrashekhar in this case early this month and now want to question Dhinakaran and confront him with Chandrashekhar to take the probe forward.

Chandrashekar was arrested in April 2017 from a five-star hotel by the Delhi Police for allegedly taking money from Dhinakaran to bribe EC officials to get the AIADMK's 'two leaves' symbol for the Sasikala faction in a by-election to the R K Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu.

Dhinakaran, who has been charge-sheeted by the police, was arrested by the Delhi Police after four days of questioning for allegedly attempting to bribe EC officials for the party symbol.

The bypoll was necessitated by the death of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who represented the Assembly seat.

The EC had frozen the AIADMK's symbol after the two factions -- one led by Dhinakaran's aunt Sasikala and the other by former chief minister O Panneerselvam -- staked claim to it.

Dhinakaran's close aide Mallikarjuna was also arrested for allegedly facilitating a Rs 50-crore deal between him and Chandrashekar.

Dhinakaran was the deputy general secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and was expelled from the party in August 2017 along with Jayalalithaa's confidante Sasikala.

Later, he launched his political party AMMK.



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