AIADMK election symbol bribery case: 7 cops suspended for taking accused to mall

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AIADMK election symbol bribery case: 7 cops suspended for taking accused to mall

Seven police personnel have been suspended when the Income Tax department submitted a report along with a video clip showing Sukesh Chandrashekhar, the accused in AIADMK election symbol bribery case roaming freely in a mall in Bengaluru.

Seven Delhi Police personnel on Friday were suspended for allowing an accused middleman in AIADMK election symbol bribery case to roam freely in a shopping mall in Bengaluru despite being in police custody.

Sukesh Chandrasekhar, the accused middleman, was taken by Delhi Police for court appearances in Bangalore, Coimbatore and Mumbai. Chandrasekhar was arrested on April 16 in a Delhi hotel for allegedly taking money from AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran to bribe EC officials in connection with a dispute over the party's poll symbol.

On Friday, Delhi Police chief spokesperson Depender Pathak said "unprofessional act on the part of certain policemen" had come to light and an inquiry has been ordered into the matter. The seven alleged policemen have been placed under suspension till the investigation gets over."

The suspended cops have been identified as assistant sub-inspector Rajesh, head constables Jeevan and J George, constables Nitin Kumar, Keshav Kumar, Dharmender and Pushpendra. Pathak added that strictest possible action will be taken against them if they are found guilty.

The incident occurred between October 9 and 16 when Chandrasekhar was being taken to a court in Bengaluru. The suspension took place after the income tax department submitted a report along with a video clip to Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik. In the video, Chandrasekhar was seen roaming freely in a shopping mall in Bengaluru.