No relief for TTV Dhinakaran as interrogation enters 4th day

RSTV Bureau

AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dhinakaran has confessed to meeting Sukesh Chandrsekar, the arrested middleman in the EC bribery case, assuming he was a high court judge, as Delhi Police, which quizzed him for the third day in a row, grilled him for almost seven hours on Monday.

Dhinakaran, who is accused of trying to bribe an Election Commission official in a bid to retain the ‘two-leaves’ symbol of AIADMK, however, maintained that he did not pay any money to Sukesh in this regard, police said.

Dhinakaran reached the Crime Branch Inter State Cell office in Chanakyapuri around 3.30 PM, even as the police started by interrogating his personal assistant Janardhan.

AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran arriving to appear before Delhi police for questioning in connection with an alleged attempt to bribe an EC official for retaining the two leaves party symbol, at the Crime Branch office at Chanakyapuri in  New Delhi on Saturday.

AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran arriving to appear before Delhi police for questioning in connection with an alleged attempt to bribe an EC official for retaining the two leaves party symbol, at the Crime Branch office at Chanakyapuri in New Delhi on Saturday.

They also quizzed his longtime friend Mallikarjuna, who has been accompanying him everywhere ever since Sukesh was arrested, police said.

It was only around 6 PM that Dhinakaran’s questioning began and came to an end around an hour post midnight, they said.

On sustained quizzing, Dhinakaran said he had met Sukesh, who had posed as a high court judge and sought to help him in the matter, police sources said.

However, he denied paying money to the middleman, the sources said, adding the Crime Branch officers also confronted Dhinakaran and Sukesh.

Dhinakaran has been called for questioning on Tuesday at 5 PM.

B Kumar, late Jayalalitha’s lawyer and her key aide, also came to the Crime Branch office in Chanakyapuri late in the evening. He is likely to be questioned tomorrow in connection with the case, they said.

The leader had come under scanner after the arrest of the alleged middleman Sukesh and had since maintained having no idea about him.

The controversial leader was earlier summoned by Delhi Police at his Chennai residence in the case.

Having been appointed as deputy general secretary by jailed AIADMK chief V S Sasikala, Dhinakaran has been isolated in his party amid moves to merge rival factions led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami and his predecessor O Panneerselvam.

A powerful section of the ruling AIADMK (Amma) recently revolted against Sasikala-Dhinakaran leadership. The development came after Panneerselvam, who is leading the rival faction, demanded ouster of Sasikala and Dhinakaran as a condition for the merger.

Dhinakaran later announced he would stay away from party affairs and that he could be removed only by Sasikala.

Sasikala is at present serving a four-year jail term in  Bengaluru in a disproportionate assets case