The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday filed a money laundering case against AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran and purported middleman Sukesh Chandrashekar in connection with an alleged attempt to bribe an Election Commission official.
The move comes a day after Dhinakaran and his close aide Mallikarjuna were sent to judicial custody till May 15 by a special court in New Delhi.
Dhinakaran was arrested on 25 April by the Delhi police crime branch for trying to bribe an unidentified EC official for tying to obtain the ‘two-leaves’ poll symbol for the Sasikala faction of the AIADMK.
He was remanded to judicial custody on Monday after Delhi police told the court that it did not require any further custodial interrogation of the accused.
Dhinakaran has another money laundering case pending against him which was filed in 1996. He came under the ED scanner after huge amounts of cash deposits were made into his bank accounts during the 1991-96 Jayalalithaa regime. He was then booked under the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA).
In January 2017, the Madras High Court had confirmed a Rs 25 crore penalty imposed on Dhinakaran by the Enforcement Directorate in the 1996 case.
(This story was first published on The News Minute.)