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EC bribery case: HC dismisses middleman's bail plea

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High today rejected the plea of a middleman, arrested in the Commission bribery case allegedly involving leader TTV and others. Justice dismissed the application of middleman, Sukesh Chandrashekar, who was arrested on April 16 last year and was denied once by the high and thrice by the trial The Police had opposed his plea saying his conduct, even while in custody, had shown scant respect for the and therefore, he should not be granted the relief. had told the that three more cases were registered against while he was in custody and there were a total of 24 FIRs lodged against him. Referring to the new FIRs lodged against him while he was in custody, the had said while was supposed to be taken by train, he was going by air along with nine policemen, all of whom were dismissed from service. The had also claimed that the accused had made a call to the trial hearing the case, impersonating a person from a Supreme judge's office and asked her to release him on The call was traced to a constable's phone while was in custody, the alleged. Senior Sudhir Nandrajog and Anand Pandey, appearing for Chandrashekar, had contended that the alleged main beneficiary, Dhinakaran, was already out on and the same relief was granted to the policemen. They said the other accused in the case, including Dhinakaran's Mallikarjuna, as well as suspected hawala operators Nathu Singh and Lalit Kumar were on The high had on June 15 last year rejected his plea on the ground that the police had seized a fake Rajya Sabha member ID card from his possession. A charge sheet was filed by the police before the trial in the case on July 14 last year, alleging that and had conspired to bribe Commission (EC) officials to get the 'two leaves' symbol for their party. The police has also included in the charge sheet allegations of forgery for purpose of cheating, using forged document as genuine, possessing a forged document, intending to use it as genuine and criminal conspiracy. has also moved a separate plea in the high alleging he was tortured despite an order not to subject him to violence inside the where he is in custody. The claim was denied by the jail authorities, who said it was an "afterthought of the shrewd mind of the accused". was arrested for allegedly taking money from to bribe EC officials to get the 'two leaves' symbol for the faction in a by-to the seat in Dhinakaran, also charge-sheeted by the police, was arrested here on April 25 after four days of questioning for allegedly attempting to bribe EC officials for the symbol.

The bypoll was necessitated by the death of CM J Jayalalithaa, who represented the assembly segment. The EC had frozen the AIADMK's symbol after the two factions--one led by Dhinakaran's aunt and the other by former O Panneerselvam--staked a claim to it. was arrested for allegedly facilitating a Rs 50 crore deal between and

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 12:25 IST