Dinakaran, deputy general secretary of the ruling faction of the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu who recently said he would be ‘keeping away’ from politics for the time being, has sought time from Delhi Police to appear before it in New Delhi in a case relating to his attempt to bribe the Election Commission of India (EC) in getting the famed ‘Two-Leaves’ symbol of the erstwhile unified AIADMK allotted to his faction.
Industrialist Sukesh Chandrasekar of Bangalore was arrested from outside a South Delhi Hotel on Monday (17th April) on suspicision by Delhi Police and this opened up a Pandora’s Box. Sukesh told police during interrogation that he had been paid first instalment of Rs.1.30 crores by Dinakaran to bribe the EC officials in New Delhi in an attempt to get the ‘Two-Leaves’ symbol allotted to his faction of AIADMK.
After recording his testimony and registering a case against Dinakaran under various sections, a team of Delhi Police comprising DCP Sanjay Sherawat and Inspector of Police Naren Shah arrived in Chennai on Wednesday. It visited Dinakaran’s Adyar residence late on Wednesday and handed him over the summons inviting him to appear before it in New Delhi on Saturday (tomorrow).
In the meantime, it now turns out that Dinakaran has sought time till 25th April (i.e. next Tuesday) to appear before the Delhi Police and has faxed the petition in this regard to them.