EC official bribery case: Delhi Police team returns from Chennai

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EC official bribery case: Delhi Police team returns from Chennai

New Delhi /Chennai, Apr 29 (PTI) The Delhi Police’s Crime Branch team returned to the national capital this evening along with AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dhinakaran after finishing their Chennai leg of the probe into the case of attempt to bribe EC officials.

Winding up the three day visit to Chennai, which involved questioning several suspects and conducting searches at the residences of Dhinakaran and his friend Mallikarjuna, the police team landed here around 11 PM.

A senior Delhi Police official said they will cross- examine Naresh, the alleged hawala trader, and another person named Pulohit whose name has emerged during investigation.

They will be questioned in the presence of Dhinakaran and Mallikarjuna to ascertain the money trail from Chennai to Delhi, the official said.

On the basis of tomorrow’s questioning and the leads they have got so far, police will decide whether they will push for extension of the police custody of Dhinakaran, Naresh and Mallikarjuna.

The trio’s police custody will end tomorrow and the matter will come up for hearing in May 1.

While in Chennai, the Delhi Police questioned about a dozen persons in connection with the case. The persons who were questioned include those who were suspected to have been linked to the money trail in the bribery case and others who had knowledge about the transaction, police sources said.

The Delhi Police team had reached Chennai on April 27.

Dhinakaran was arrested on April 25 in Delhi following four days of questioning for allegedly attempting to bribe an unidentified EC official to get the undivided AIADMK’s ‘two leaves’ election symbol for his faction.

Police had earlier arrested Sukesh Chandrasekar, who had allegedly struck a deal for Rs 50 crore to help the AIADMK (Amma) faction keep the ‘two leaves’ symbol, and seized Rs 1.30 crore from him.

A Delhi court had granted five days police custody of Dhinakaran following which he was taken to Chennai.

Yesterday, the police team visited various areas, including Adambakkam and Kolapakkam here, to question some persons, whose identity had not been disclosed.

At the Chennai airport, when some journalists asked Dhinakaran if he felt a “false case,” has been lodged against him, he nodded his head in concurrence.

In the afternoon some personnel of the Delhi Police team tried to board the aircraft to Delhi with their pistols. It was not allowed since permission was not obtained. Later, a declaration was made about the firearms and permission was obtained, airport officials said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.