Dinakaran Reaches Delhi To Appear Before Police

While the rival factions of AIADMK are inching towards merger, deputy general secretary of AIADMK (Amma) faction reached Delhi to appear before police in cash for symbol scandal.

Chennai: AIADMK (Amma) faction deputy general secretary, TTV Dinakaran, who was accused of a deal to bribe an Election Commission official to get ‘two leaves’ symbol for his faction, reached Delhi on Saturday to appear before the police. He was served the summons by Delhi Police on Wednesday to join the probe. The ‘cash for party symbol’ scandal came to light at a time when merger talks between AIADMK rival factions were on.

A con named Sukhesh Chandrasekar who was arrested by Delhi Police earlier spilt out the name of Dinakaran. He was the middleman who was allegedly trying to fix a deal with an Election Commission official to get Dinakaran faction, two leaves symbol. Sukhesh was arrested after the police received a tip-off from an informer. It was alleged that a deal had been struck for Rs. 50 crore to allow Dinakaran faction keep the symbol.

However, Dinakaran has denied these allegations.

Before this allegation came into light, Dinakaran was already facing rebellion from within his faction. The rebels were demanding to oust Dinakaran and his aunt Sasikala from the party positions. Many in the party were of the view that merger with the rival faction of AIADMK, led by former chief minister O Panneerselvam, will only be possible if the two are evicted from their posts.

A kind of fear surrounded the party men when documents seized during income tax raids on various people, including health minister proved that RK Nagar voters were bribed to the tune of Rs 89 crores. The Election Commission countermanded the RK Nagar poll after these documents came out. In fact, Dinakaran was named in serious corruption cases much before he became deputy general secretary of the party.

After the cash for symbol scandal came into light, the Delhi Police issued a lookout notice against Dinakaran. It was a day before they served him notices to appear before them. This notice was issued on the premise that Dinakaran was an NRI and he might flee the country before the launch of probe. However, this move by Delhi Police was questioned by Dinakaran.

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