TTV Dinakaran's alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrashekhar has graduated from just being a high-profile conman to one sealing illegal, lucrative deals. Days before he was arrested by the Crime Branch in connection with his links with the AIADMK's Sasikala faction and Dinakaran, he was trying to influence a senior Election Commission official.
Sources in Delhi Police said that while Sukesh was known for conning people even in the past, he also has several cases of cheating against him in southern states.
But if this case is any indication to go by, Sukesh actually rose through the ranks of crime from being a simple conman to actually fixing illegal lucrative deals.
THE STORY IN DETAIL
- In all previous police cases against Sukesh, he had only been accused of cheating people. He used to invest these ill-gotten gains on buying expensive cars and leading a lavish lifestyle.
- However, this is for the first time that he has been found involved in a big game, arrested for fixing a deal to actually influence a senior government official. Crime Branch sleuths have "sufficient" reasons to believe that a senior Election Commission official may have been somehow in Sukesh's contact through middlemen.
- That's the reason Delhi Police has not booked Sukesh for cheating this time. "Sukesh has certainly graduated from being a simple con man, he is now interested in striking big deals these days", said a senior police official.
- Delhi Police has booked him for impersonating as an MP and carrying out criminal conspiracy to influence a public servant for an illegal deal.
- A section of the Prevention of Corruption Act has also been added in the FIR so that police are able to probe allegations against the Election Commission official as well.
- Sources said some retired and serving bureaucrats and some middlemen had met Sukesh in Delhi during his 10-day stay in the south Delhi five-star hotel before he was arrested on Monday.
- A Crime Branch team will be sent to Chennai and Bangalore, which is Sukesh's native place. The police will try to seize Sukesh's laptop and his other belongings, which may be connected to the case. A team will also be sent to Tamil Nadu to establish the monetary transactions.
- A bag containing Rs 1.30 crore in new currency notes was recovered from his hotel room. A Mercedes car with an MP's sticker was also seized by the police.
- Meanwhile, Sukesh's lawyers have questioned the timing of his arrest from the south Delhi five-star hotel on Monday. They have asked the court to get CCTV footage of the hotel between 15th to 17th April to ascertain the time of his arrest. Senior police officers said that he was an accused and that his lawyers would obviously question the police's each and every move. There is no contradiction in the time of his arrest. His lawyers have also sought permission to visit Sukesh so that he could file the vakalatnama.