Tamil Nadu’s Two Leaves Symbol Scam, Sukesh Charge Sheeted

It is alleged that the accused sought to bribe Election Commission of India officials to secure the Two Leaves symbol for the ruling AIADMK (Amma) faction.

New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Friday charge sheeted Sukesh Chandrasekhar, who is accused of promising to secure the ‘Two Leaves’ symbol for the ruling AIADMK (Amma) faction in Tamil Nadu after bribing the Election Commission of India officials.

This symbol was frozen by the Election Commission following a split in the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) when by-elections were to be held for the seat that became vacant following the death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

Though TTV Dinakaran, Deputy General Secretary of AIADMK, and his close aide TP Mallikarjun too are accused in the “criminal conspiracy”, they have not been charge sheeted along with Sukesh. Police said reports from the Forensic Science Laboratory are pending, as are some investigations. Once these conclude and they gather sufficient evidence, separate additional charge sheets will be filed against Dinakaran and Mallikarjun too.

The available evidence against Sukesh was enough to charge sheet him on Friday. Delhi Police have claimed that they have a clear evidence of a ‘criminal conspiracy’ between TTV and Sukesh Chandrasekhar for the Two Leaves symbol.

The charge sheet submitted on Friday pointed out that the statements of witnesses and the disc recording of a conversation between Sukesh and TTV revealed that both were discussing the matter of Two Leaves symbol, which was pending before the Election Commission. This clearly shows that a criminal conspiracy was being hatched by both of them in executing the plan of bribing the Election Commission officials to get the symbol in favour of the AIADMK (Amma) faction.

Dinakaran had earlier been arrested on April 25 based on the FIR registered against him on April 17. He has since been released on bail.

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