AIADMK symbol row: Dinakaran reaches Delhi crime branch, to be questioned by ACP

Dinakaran will be questioned over allegations of bribing the Election Commission officials to get the party's two-leaves symbol.

Delhi Crime branch will conduct the second round of interrogation of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader TTV Dinakaran. He will be questioned in connection over allegations of bribing the Election Commission officials to get the party's two-leaves symbol.

On Saturday, Dinakaran was questioned by the crime branch for nearly seven hours. He was given a questionnaire by the officials. He will be interrogated by an Assistant Commissioner of Police.

The questionnaire included a series of queries related to the money trail and Dinakaran's links with Sukesh Chandrashekhar, the middleman who allegedly struck a deal of about Rs 50 crore to help Dinakaran's AIADMK faction to retain the 'two leaves' symbol. Sources had earlier said that both Dinakaran and Sukesh were to be questioned together.

On Thursday, a team of the Delhi Police Crime Branch reached Chennai and served a notice on Dinakaran and asked him to join the probe. The Delhi Police had issued a lookout notice against Dinakaran on Tuesday. The police had earlier arrested and sent Sukesh to custody .

The Crime Branch recovered approximately Rs. 1.3 crore and two luxury cars, a BMW and a Mercedes, from Chandrashekhar. He was picked up from the Hyatt hotel and was produced at the residence of Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry, who allowed the Delhi Police's plea to interrogate the accused for eight days.

Dinakaran was also named as an accused in the FIR, filed by the Delhi Police Crime Branch. Dinakaran's faction contested on the hat symbol for the RK Nagar assembly by-polls, after the Election Commission froze their two leaves symbol while acknowledging the split in the party. The polling was later cancelled by the Election Commission.

(With inputs from ANI)

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