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Delhi police grill more suspects, inch closer to decision

Chennai: The Delhi police has questioned several men suspected to have been linked to the money trail in the Election Commission bribery case in which AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dhinakaran was arrested.

After bringing Dhinakaran from Delhi and conducting searches at his residence here, the Crime Branch police personnel also grilled some others who allegedly had knowledge about the money transaction, the police sources said.

Dhinakaran was arrested on April 25 for allegedly attempting to bribe an unidentified EC official to get the undivided AIADMK’s ‘two leaves’ election symbol for his faction. The police had earlier arrested Sukesh Chandrasekar, who had allegedly struck a deal for Rs 50 crore to help the AIADMK (Amma) faction keep the two leaves symbol, and seized Rs 1.3 crore from him.

A Delhi court had remanded Dhinakaran to five days’ police custody following which he was brought here. The Delhi police after questioning the suspects asked some of them to appear again at the Central Government Office Complex, ‘Rajaji Bhawan,’ at Besant Nagar here, they said.

Besides, the police team visited various areas, including Adambakkam and Kolapakkam here, to question some persons, whose identity has not been disclosed. The sources said that evidence was being gathered to sequence the Chennai-Delhi money trail, its alleged link to Dhinakaran, and how cash was routed through alleged hawala operators including Faisal and Naresh. The latter was arrested yesterday.

Besides the physical aspect involving the transfer, the source of the money, proof of cash transfer, and related transactions were being looked into. With the arrest of Naresh, it was now only about “joining the dots” and the Delhi police was trying to conclude the probe ahead of producing Dhinakaran before a court in the national capital when his five-day custody ends, the sources added.

Dhinakaran continued to be housed in the Central Government Guest House in Rajaji Bhawan and was being confronted with the “developments” in the case, the police said. The Delhi police officially declined to comment on the progress in the case.

A security blanket has been thrown around the Rajaji Bhawan complex with a posse of police personnel led by an assistant police commissioner guarding the entry points to the guest house. Journalists were not allowed to enter inside.

Naresh was detained at the Delhi Airport for involvement in “illegal transfer” of money to Chandrasekhar by Dhinakaran.

PTI