TTV Dinakaran refuses to provide voice sample over AIADMK symbol bribery case
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Amma faction leader TTV Dinakaran on Saturday refused to give consent in a Delhi court for giving voice sample to the police for their investigation in the Election Commission (EC) bribery case.
Dinakaran 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 Dinakaran and forwarded it to the special judge.
Dinakaran was arrested in New Delhi on the night of 25 April 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 Dinakaran’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 16 April, and reserved the order for 22 May.