Court denies bail to middleman in AIADMK symbol case

Chandrashekhar was arrested for allegedly taking money from Dinakaran to bribe EC officials to get the AIADMK's two-leaves symbol for the Sasikala faction


New Delhi: A Delhi court has denied bail to a suspected middleman in the Election Commission bribery case allegedly involving ex-AIADMK (Amma) faction leader TTV Dhinakaran.

Special judge Arvind Kumar denied the relief to Sukesh Chandrashekhar, who is currently in judicial custody, saying he was not fit to be bailed out at this stage.

“The bail application of the accused Sukesh Chandrashekar is dismissed,” the court said.

Chandrashekhar, who was arrested on 16 April last year, had sought bail, claiming that the probe was complete in the case and no purpose would be served by keeping him in further custody.

The police has accused Chandrashekhar, Dhinakaran and others of hatching a criminal conspiracy to bribe some Election Commission officials.

The Delhi Police had on 14 December last year filed a supplementary charge sheet against Dhinakaran, Chandrashekhar and seven others in the matter.

Chandrashekhar was arrested for allegedly taking money from Dinakaran to bribe EC officials to get the AIADMK’s two-leaves symbol for the Sasikala faction. According to the police, Rs 1.3 crore in cash was allegedly recovered from him at the time, after a hotel in Chanakyapuri area of south Delhi was raided.

In its 701-page charge sheet filed on 14 July last year, the police had claimed that money recovered from Chandrashekar was sent by Dhinakaran through unaccounted channels with the help of other accused persons.

Chandrashekhar was named in the charge sheet for alleged offences of forgery of valuable security, forgery for the purpose of cheating, making a false document and criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code and provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.

Dhinakaran was arrested on 25 April and granted bail on 1 June. Delhi Police had arrested Pulkit Kundra, a close associate of ‘middleman’ Chandrashekhar, too, on 22 November 2017.

Seven Delhi Police personnel are embroiled in this case too. They allegedly allowed Chandrashekhar to roam freely in a Bengaluru mall while he was in their custody.