Dhinakaran asked to appear before Delhi Police on Saturday

Chennai
20 Apr 2017

AIADMK deputy chief T T V Dhinakaran has been asked to appear before the Crime Branch of Delhi Police on Saturday in a case of alleged bribery to EC officials for retrieving the party's 'two leaves' symbol. The Delhi Police had last night served summons to him in the case. Assistant Commissioner Sanjay and another official served the summons to Dhinakaran at his Besant Nagar residence here. The Delhi Police had also issued a lookout notice against Dhinakaran yesterday. The lookout notice was issued in the wake of inputs that Dhinakaran was an NRI and could try to flee the country. The Crime Branch had on April 16 arrested an alleged middleman, Sukesh Chandrashekhar in New Delhi in connection with the case. He claimed that he had told Dhinakaran that he will get a favourable verdict from the Election Commission of India in the party symbol case, he said. It has been learnt that he had allegedly struck a deal for Rs 50 crore for helping the AIADMK faction keep the 'two leaves' symbol. Dhinakaran, the nephew of jailed AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala, is facing a revolt by an influential section of the party led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and a host of ministers, who had on Tuesday declared the ouster of the once powerful aunt-nephew duo, and extended a hand of friendship to the Panneerselvam camp. Meanwhile, Senior AIADMK leaders M Thambidurai and D Jayakumar today separately called on Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, but insisted their meetings were not political. Thambidurai, also the Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha, said Rao was his "friend" and described the meeting as a "courtesy call," while Finance Minister Jayakumar, who also holds Fisheries portfolio, discussed the issue of Vice-Chancellor's appointment to the Tamil Nadu Fisheries University. "There is no political significance in the meeting. We did not speak politics at all," Thambidurai said when asked if he 'apprised' the Governor of the ongoing rumblings in the ruling AIADMK. Thambidurai said Rao has been his friend since the former was a minister in the AB Vajpayee cabinet in 1998-99. "It was a courtesy call," Thambidurai said, adding, he used to meet Rao, also Governor of Maharashtra, whenever he visited Mumbai. Thambidurai's meeting with the Governor assumes significance as it came in the wake of changing dynamics in the ruling AIADMK where ministers in the V K Sasikala faction had revolted against their leader TTV Dhinakaran, deciding to keep his family away from the party. They had also initiated the modalities of merging their faction headed by Chief Minister K Palaniswami with the other led by former Chief Minister O Pannerselvam. After meeting the Governor, Jayakumar said it was an official one. "He is the Chancellor of the Fisheries University and I'm the Pro-Chancellor being the Fisheries Minister. I discussed with him the appointment of a V-C for the university," he said.(PTI)