AIADMK candidate for RK Nagar bye-poll, E Madhusudanan on Saturday asked the Election Commission to bar TTV Dhinakaran from contesting in the election for bribing voters and exceeding expenditure limits prescribed by the EC.
He also demanded criminal action against Dhinakaran and owner of a pressure cooker store in North Chennai for alleged conspiracy, as per a report in the Times of India.
Pointing to an inquiry by income tax officials at the store in Royapuram on Thursday, Madhusudanan said that transaction amounting to Rs 1.5 crore was discovered in the sale of new pressure cookers in the last five days.
"In our enquiry, we came to know that the shop did not transact any business in the past three years. They have not filed any returns with the income tax department as well as commercial tax department," he said.
Madhusudanan asserted that the spike in the sale of new pressure cookers in the region had to be attributed to Dhinakaran, who contests as an independent candidate in the pressure cooker symbol, the report says.
"The inquiry has exposed Dhinakaran's tie-up with various showroom owners dealing with home appliances in the area to distribute pressure cookers free of cost to voters under the guise of selling them," he said.
He demanded that a special investigation team consisting of state and central government officials should enquire into tax evasion by the shop owner and the transaction of Rs 1.5 crore be counted as the election expenditure of Dhinakaran.
This is not the first time that there are calls for TTV Dhinakaran to be barred from contesting the RK Nagar bye-poll.
Earlier in March this year, a petition had been filed in the Madras High Court to bar Dhinakaran from contesting on the grounds that he had been convicted in the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) case and had been fined Rs 25 crore.
The petition was filed by an AIADMK member named Joseph from Arumbakkam in Chennai.