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EC bribery case: Criminal case registered against TTV Dhinakaran

Alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrasekar to be kept in judicial custody till May 12

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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File photo of AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran being produced in Tis Hazari court in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)

The ED has registered a case against the (Amma) leader TTV and others in connection with the

Officials said the central probe agency has registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Act (PMLA) after taking cognisance of a Delhi police FIR in the matter.

They said the agency will probe the possible "proceeds of crime" as part of its charter under the anti-law and soon will issue summonses to the accused.

A meeting of (ED) and Delhi police officials has taken place recently and it is expected that after the central probe agency registered a separate case, a few more such meetings could be held to take the probe forward.

and his aide were sent to the Tihar Jail till May 15 by a court in New Delhi on Monday after the police said that the accused were not needed for custodial interrogation.

was arrested on April 25 after four days of questioning by the Delhi police for allegedly attempting to bribe an unidentified EC official to get the undivided AIADMK's 'two leaves' election symbol for his faction for a by-election to the R K Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu which was later cancelled by the

Middleman Sukesh Chandrasekar, who was the first to be arrested in the case, had struck a deal for Rs 50 crore to help the faction keep the 'two leaves' symbol.

The EC had frozen AIADMK's 'two leaves' symbol after two factions led by Sasikala and former chief minister O Panneerselvam staked claim to it.

The (Amma) faction leader has been accused of allegedly arranging the amount from undisclosed sources and getting it transferred from Chennai to Delhi through illegal channels.

The court had on April 26 remanded the duo to a five-day custody of Delhi Police which said it needed to unearth the money trail and the entire conspiracy in the case.

Mallikarjuna, who had been accompanying everywhere ever since the arrest of alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrasekar on April 16, was arrested for facilitating the alleged Rs 50-crore deal between and Chandrasekar.

Chandrasekar is in judicial custody till May 12.

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