Tahlka News Desk
Chennai: Sasikala nephew TTV Dinakaran name has been accused for offering bribe to Election Commission of India for the AIADMK's symbol, later today Delhi Crime branch has registered the case against him.
Sasikala faction contested the by-elections on the hat symbol after the EC froze the two leaves symbol of the AIADMK acknowledging the split in the party.
The police action comes in the wake of arrest of an alleged middleman named Sukesh Chandrasekhar from Hyatt hotel on Sunday night. Delhi Police chief spokesperson Dependra Pathak confirmed the arrest.
At least Rs 1.3 crore has been recovered from Dinakaran, police said, which he was planning to use to bribe EC officials with. In total, around Rs 50 crores were to be paid as bribe, police have said.
An FIR has been filed under Section 8 of the Prevention of the Corruption Act. The section pertains to taking gratification, in order, by corrupt or illegal means, to influence public servant. Section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC has also been invoked.
Dinakaran, who is considered to be a close Sasikala aide, will be served notice to join the investigation, police said.
PRO Madhur Verma said the accused had been picked up from Hyatt hotel on a tip off. "He will be produced before either magistrate," he said.
Should there be an attempt to dethrone him from the key party deputy general secretary post, Dinakaran is banking on a few MLAs to not only bail him out, but also bring down the Edappadi Palaniswami government.
"Let the ministers revolt against Dinakaran, he enjoys the support of 38 MLAs. The government will not survive," said a confidante of Dinakaran.
Hectic lobbying has begun in party general secretary VK Sasikala's family primarily Dinakaran, husband M Natarajan and brother V Divakaran - to poach as many MLAs as possible from the ruling party.
It is estimated that about 40 MLAs are loyal to Natarajan and Dinakaran as they were responsible for rewarding them with party tickets in the last election.The Delhi police case also comes soon after IT raids on 50 locations in Tamil Nadu , during which officials seized Rs 5.5 crore from the Tamil Nadu health minister Vijayabaskar's associates. The minister is a supporter of Dinakaran.
"We will overcome the challenges. They will not win for sure," party deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran had said, a day after the election commission rescind RK Nagar bypolls due to money distribution to voters.