TTV Dinakaran has been in the shadows for years now, with all his assets stashed as part of the Mannargudi wealth. But now Dinakaran finds himself in the eye of a storm, his assets under the lens and his reputation tarnished by a slew of payout allegations.
Dinakaran, who's served as an MP in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in the past, always thrived under the stepmotherly shadows of Amma and Chinnamma. And when he tried to come of his own in politics, he's been dragged through the mud.
Dinakaran of course isn't new to legal headaches; his FERA, money laundering cases and his family's trust with the courts has possibly given him enough experience with the law. But he never expected to be tangled in such an intricate legal web in a matter of just 2 months.
Dinakaran, however, is still putting up a brave face. He may have sounded rather meek on Wednesday refusing to put up a fight for his party but when asked about whether he was being targeted, Dinakaran said, 'What can they do to me? They can only send me to jail. If that's my destiny, then I will have to go to jail."
So is it just a case of bad timing? "Dinakaran should have waited. He rushed into politics and at a time when netas are under so much scrutiny, he's under the scanner too," says RK Radhakrishnan, associate editor of Frontline.
Dinakaran seems to have withdrawn from the battle for now, but is it only to power up and attack again? "Time is not of the essence here. It could all be part of Dinakaran's strategy to just wait. Silence always indicated strategy," adds Radhakrishnan.
So is this the end of the road for Dinakaran or just another master plan to sit out while his legal tangles are ironed out? Only time is going to reveal that.