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EC bribery case: Police files charge sheet

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Police today filed a charge sheet in a special against an alleged middleman arrested in the Commission bribery case involving (Amma) faction leader T T V Dhinakaran.

The police, however, did not name Dhinakaran in the final report and said that a supplementary charge sheet will be filed against him and other accused after it completes the probe against him.

The charge sheet was filed against Sukesh Chandrasekhar, who was arrested on April 16 and has been denied bail twice by the sessions and then again by the High

Special Judge Manoj Jain listed the matter before the concerned judge on July 17.

A senior police official, associated with the case, said they had chargesheeted Chandrasekhar for various alleged offences under the including forgery of valuable security, forgery for purpose of cheating, using forged document as genuine and possessing a forged document and intending to use it as genuine.

If convicted, the offences carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Chandrasekhar was arrested for allegedly taking money from Dhinakaran to bribe Commission officials to get the AIADMK's two leaves symbol for the Sasikala faction.

According to the Crime Branch of Police, they had seized a fake identity card of a Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament with security features from Chandrashekhar.

It also allegedly recovered Rs 1.3 crore cash from him at the time of the raid at a hotel in Chanakyapuri here.

Dhinakaran was arrested here on the night of April 25 after four days of questioning for allegedly attempting to bribe Commission (EC) officials for the symbol. His close aide Mallikarjuna was also arrested the same day.

Dhinakaran, Mallikarjuna, suspected hawala operators Nathu Singh and Lalit Kumar are out on bail.

His faction had hoped to obtain the symbol for the bypoll to the R K Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu which was later cancelled by the EC after the alleged irregularities surfaced.

The bypoll was necessitated by the death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who represented the constituency.

The EC had frozen the AIADMK's symbol after the two factions of the party -- one led by Dhinakaran's aunt Sasikala and the other by former chief minister O Panneerselvam -- staked a claim to it.

Mallikarjuna was arrested for allegedly facilitating a Rs 50 crore deal between Dhinakaran and Chandrasekhar.

Dhinakaran has been accused of arranging the money from undisclosed sources and getting it transferred from Chennai to Delhi through illegal channels.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, July 14 2017. 15:07 IST