Symbol case: Dhinakaran refuses to give voice sample
AIADMK (Amma) faction leader T T V Dhinakaran on Saturday refused to give consent in a Delhi court for giving voice sample to the police for their investigation in the Election Commission bribery case.
Dhinakaran was brought to the court from the Tihar jail in pursuance to a production warrant issued by Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry on Friday on a plea by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police seeking his consent for a voice sample.
He was produced before Chaudhry who marked the case to a magistrate's court where he declined to give consent. Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra recorded the statement of Dhinakaran and forwarded it to the special judge.
Dhinakaran was arrested here on the night of April 25 after four days of questioning for allegedly attempting to bribe unidentified EC officials to get the undivided AIADMK's 'two leaves' election symbol.
His faction had hoped to obtain the symbol for the bypoll to the R K Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu, which was later on cancelled by the EC after the alleged irregularities were reported in the media.
The bypoll was necessitated following the death of Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa who was elected from the constituency.
The EC had frozen the AIADMK's symbol after 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.
Meanwhile, Special Judge Chaudhry heard arguments on the bail application of alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrashekar, who was arrested on April 16, and reserved the order for May 22. Agencies