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Delhi Police books Dinakaran for trying to 'bribe' EC official

The Delhi Police on Monday booked AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dinakaran for allegedly trying to bribe an Election Commission official for obtaining the party symbol for his faction following the arrest of an alleged middleman.

Dinakaran, who is a nephew of AIADMK(Amma) chief VK Sasikala and party's deputy general secretary, denied the allegation against him, calling it false.

Dinakaran further said that he did not try to bribe anybody and that he had no knowledge of the alleged middleman.

The crime branch of the Delhi police claimed Dinakaran was trying to ensure that his party was allotted the AIADMK poll symbol of two leaves for the April 12 by-election to the R K Nagar Assembly seat in Chennai that has since been cancelled over the use of money power to influence voters.

Dinakaran was the candidate of the Sasikala faction.

An FIR against Dinakaran was filed following the arrest of Sukesh Chandrasekhar, an alleged middleman, from a five- star hotel in Delhi on Sunday, a senior police officer said.

"It has been learnt that Sukesh had struck a deal for Rs 50 crore for helping the AIADMK faction to keep the 'two leaves' symbol. Police have recovered Rs 1.30 crore from Sukesh. Two cars — a BMW and a Mercedes — have also been seized," the officer said.

The officer further said that a Delhi Police team may visit Chennai to question Dinakaran.
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