AIADMK chief VK Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dinakaran, who is also the party’s deputy general secretary, has been booked for allegedly trying to bribe an Election Commission official. The crime branch of Delhi Police booked Dinakaran was allegedly trying to pay a bribe get the ‘two leaves’ poll symbol in the by-election to RK Nagar Assembly seat.
Dinakaran has denied all allegations and vowed to take the legal route to clear his name. He also alleged a hate campaign against the party.
“I didn’t bribe anybody,” said the AIADMK deputy general secretary.
Dinakaran was booked following the arrest of a middleman named Sukesh Chandrasekhar in Chennai.
“It has been learnt that Sukesh had struck a deal for Rs 50 crore for helping the AIADMK faction keep the ‘two leaves’ symbol. Police have recovered Rs 1.30 crore from Sukesh and two cars — a BMW and a Mercedes — have also been seized,” a senior police officer said.
Sukesh is being further interrogated about his connection with any EC official, the police said.
Meanwhile Dinakaran denied any connection to Sukesh.
“I will answer if I get summons. I will face it legally. How does a broker or somebody say the money was from TTV Dinakaran? I don’t know anybody by that name nor have I come across any such name in my life…Such information is being spread to destroy our organisation politically. It is basically wrong to say that Sukesh has spoken to me. I don’t know any such person. I don’t know what is the plan and who is doing it,” Dinakaran said.
The Election Commission had frozen AIADMK’s ‘two leaves’ symbol after the two factions – jailed party chief Sasikala, and former chief minister O Panneerselvam – staked claim to it.
Sasikala, who is in jail for a disproportionate assets case, finally opted for the ‘hat’ symbol ahead of the bypoll.
The bypoll to the RK Nagar Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu was scheduled for April 12, but the Election Commission cancelled it, saying the electoral process had been “seriously vitiated” by parties through use of money power.
Dinakaran was the candidate of the Sasikala faction.
The seat fell vacant after the death of J Jayalalithaa on December 5 and the bypoll was being viewed as a battle of prestige for the two factions of the AIADMK.
(With inputs from PTI)