From Jayalalithaa’s most trusted aide to a strong contender for the post of Tamil Nadu chief minister, Sasikala Natarajan today is a deserted soul. Lodged at the Parapana Agrahara jail after being held guilty in the disproportionate assets case, she hardly has any visitor. One person who religiously called on her was T T V Dinakaran, but he too is in jail in connection with the Election Commission bribery case.
A businessman from Trichy in Tamil Nadu and several Tamil Nadu ministers are under the scanner of the Delhi police after it was found that he helped T T V Dinakaran arrange money to bribe Election Commission officials. The police have not found any evidence to suggest that EC officials had been bribed, but a money trail through hawala channels is under the scanner.
The special branch of the Delhi police was in Chennai on Thursday to gather more evidence against Sasikala Natarajan’s nephew, T T V Dinakaran in connection with the Election Commission bribery case. However the Delhi police has a long way to go before it can gather evidence to directly link Dinakaran with Sukesh Chandrashekhar the conman who assured that he could get the two leaves symbol of the AIADMK by bribing EC officials to the tune of Rs 50 crore.
In a much-expected move, the Delhi police arrested T T V Dinakaran in the Election Commission bribery case. While his admission of meeting with conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar was one of the main grounds for the arrest, a hawala transaction which he allegedly made was the turning point. The case of the Delhi police is that Dinakaran had through Sukesh tried to bribe EC officials to bag the AIADMK’s two leaves symbol.
T T V Dinakaran who was arrested in connection with the Election Commission bribery case was adamant at first. However when Sukesh Chandrashekhar the conman was brought before him and the Delhi police hurled proof at him, he broke down.
The probe into the EC bribery case in which T T V Dinakaran is an accused is widening. B Kumar, Jayalalithaa’s advocate has reached the office of the Delhi Crime Branch at Chanakyapuri and is being questioned. Delhi police sources were however mum on the exact role that Kumar had played.
After three days of questioning, Sasikala Natarajan’s nephew T T V Dinakaran has finally confessed to having met Sukesh Chandrashekar. The Delhi police is questioning Dinakaran in connection with the Election Commission bribery case in which he was alleged to have offered Rs 50 crore for the AIADMK’s two leaves symbol.
“I am a high court judge and I have good influence with Election Commission of India officials. I can get you the AIADMK’s two leaves symbol, if you cough up Rs 50 crore,” This was what Sukesh Chandrashekar, ace conman had to tell Sasikala’s nephew T T V Dinakaran.
As the merger talks continue and Sasikala Natarajan and family continue to be sidelined, the rumour mills in Tamil Nadu are abuzz with talk that the Bharatiya Janata Party is stirring this activity. Some within the AIADMK have blamed the BJP for the split and then the ouster of Sasikala and T T V Dinakaran from the party.