Tamil Nadu: Dinakaran issued summons by Delhi Police for bribing to obtain AIADMK's symbol

TTV Dinakaran has been accused of trying to bribe Election Commission officials through a middleman to 'buy' AIADMK's two leaves symbol.

TTV Dinakaran was issued summons at his Chennai residence by a team of Delhi Police over allegedly bribing for AIADMK's 'Two leaves' symbol on late Wednesday night.

The summon states that Dinakaran will have to join the probe in Delhi for questioning and investigation. While speaking to India Today, Dinakaran said he would co-operate with the police and answer all queries. He also added that he does not know any Sukesh Chandershekhar, the alleged middleman in the bribery case.

Dinakaran was allegedly told by Sukesh Chander, the mediator, that the AIADMK party symbol - which was frozen by the Election Commission last month ahead of the RK Nagar bypoll - would go to the Dinakaran-Sasikala camp if he was paid Rs 50 crore.

Dinakaran was allegedly in direct touch with the accused, Sukesh, who has been arrested. He was picked up by the Delhi Police on Monday morning from a luxury hotel in Delhi.

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According to the Delhi Police officials, Sukesh has confessed that the money recovered from him was given by Dinakaran and that they have known each other for four years now.

Sources from the crime branch have also confirmed that they have evidence such as phone conversation recordings between Sukesh and Dinakaran regarding the deal.

Dinakaran has been virtually ousted as Deputy General Secretary of the V K Sasikala faction of AIADMK following a revolt by senior ministers.

Assistant Commissioner Sanjay and another official served the summons to Dinakaran at his upscale Besant Nagar residence.

The Delhi Police personnel, who were inside Dinakaran's house for about 20 minutes, declined to speak to the waiting media while leaving the premises.

Anxiety and tension, meanwhile, prevailed for a while as a party worker tried to allegedly set himself ablaze to show his opposition to the police.

The self-immolation bid was thwarted by other cadres and some plainclothesmen.

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