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EC bribery case: HC reserves order on middleman's bail plea

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High today reserved its decision on the plea of a middleman, arrested in the Commission case allegedly involving leader TTV and others.

"Judgement reserved," Justice said after concluding hearing the arguments on behalf of the alleged middleman, Sukesh Chandrashekar, and the Police which has opposed the grant of to him.

The police argued that his conduct, even while in custody, had shown scant respect for the and therefore, he should not be granted the relief.

It told the that three more cases have been registered against while he was in custody and there are a total of 24 FIRs lodged against him.

Referring to the new FIRs lodged against him while he was in custody, the said while was supposed to be taken by train, he was going by air along with nine policemen, all of whom have been dismissed from service.

The also claimed that the accused had made a call to the trial hearing the case, impersonating as a person from a 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, contended that the alleged main beneficiary, Dhinakaran, was already out on bail 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 bail.

Chandrashekar, arrested on April 16 last year, has been denied bail once by the high court and thrice by the trial court.

The high court had on June 15, 2017, rejected his bail 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 court in the case on July 14, 2017, alleging that and Chandrashekar 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.

Chandrashekar has also moved a separate plea in the high court 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".

Chandrashekar 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 chargesheeted by 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 Dhinakaran and Chandrashekar.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 17:30 IST