On the start of this week, a special court dismissed the bail plea of an alleged middleman arrested in the Election Commission bribery case involving AIADMK faction leader T T V Dhinakaran. Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry said it was not appropriate to grant bail to Sukesh Chandrashekar at this stage as it was a serious crime and he could tamper with the evidence. They’ll wait for some more evidences and facts and then find a conclusion.
The investigation made by the Delhi Police Crime Branch was going on and the agency was probing the recovered CD containing alleged conversation between Mr. Dhinakaran and Chandrashekar, who was arrested. This proves to be a very serious evidence in this case. Chandrashekar had filed the bail application claiming he was falsely implicated and made no mistake in the case and that he was ready to join the probe but special court cannot make him free because they recovered CD allegedly containing telephonic conversation of Chandrashekar and Mr. Dhinakaran. Both the accused had earlier denied to give their voice sample. Mr. Dhinakaran, Mallikarjuna, Chandrashekar and suspected hawala operators Nathu Singh and co-accused Lalit Kumar, are currently in judicial custody.
Mr. Dhinakaran was arrested on the night of April 25 after four days of questioning for allegedly attempting to bribe unidentified Election Commission officials to get the undivided AIADMK’s ‘two leaves’ election symbol.The bypoll was necessitated following the death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who was elected from the constituency. Mr. Dhinakaran has been accused of allegedly arranging the money from undisclosed sources and getting it transferred from Chennai to Delhi through illegal channels (Hawala). Mallikarjuna was arrested for allegedly facilitating a Rs 50-crore deal between Mr. Dhinakaran and Chandrashekar.