Delhi police have unearthed a Kerala connection to the money trail in the Election Commission bribery case involving AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dhinakaran, the Times of India reported.
The last three days of investigations into the cash route have reportedly revealed that it originated from Chennai and went to Delhi via Kochi.
The probe has now progressed with the Delhi police summoning at least a dozen people, including Dhinakaran’s relatives and lawyer, for further questioning.
Reports suggest that Hawala dealers operating from Chennai, Kochi and Delhi helped Dhinakaran by transferring money to his co-accused in the case, Sukesh Chandrasekhar.
Police sources told the daily that the Delhi police team is probing the case and believe that the accused intended to channel the bribe of Rs 10 crore through the dealers.
Police are now on the lookout for hawala agent Narendra Jain.
Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday, filed another case against Dhinakaran, also the AIADMK deputy general secretary, and Sukesh for money laundering. This comes a day after Dhinakaran and his close aide Mallikarjuna were sent to judicial custody till 15 May by a special court in New Delhi.
Dhinakaran was arrested on 25 April by the Delhi police crime branch for allegedly trying to pay Rs 50 crore in bribes to EC officials through Sukesh.
(This story was first published in The News Minute)