A charge sheet was filed against Sukesh Chandrasekhar, while another will be filed against TTV after more forensic evidence is received.

EC bribery case Police claim evidence against TTV Dhinakaran but separate charge sheet awaits
news Law Friday, July 14, 2017 - 17:48

In a blow to AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran, the Delhi Police has said that there is clear evidence of a “criminal conspiracy” between TTV and accused Sukesh Chandrasekhar in relation to the ‘Two Leaves’ symbol. The police stated this in the charge sheet filed against Sukesh, in the cash-for-symbol scam.

The charge sheet also states that separate charge sheets will be filed with regard to TTV and his assistant TP Mallikarjun – another accused in the case – after reports from the Forensic Science Laboratory are received and further investigations are carried out. There is sufficient evidence for proceedings to begin against Sukesh, the charge sheet states.

The charge sheet submitted on Friday says that witness statements, and compact disc recordings of conversations between Sukesh and TTV showed that they were discussing the matter of ‘Two Leaves’ symbol when it was pending before the Election Commission.  

“These facts clearly show that a criminal conspiracy was hatched by accused Sukesh Chandrasekhar and Mr TTV Dhinakaran and other accused persons were got associated to execute the plan to bribe officials of the ECI in order to get a favourable order in the matter pending adjudication regarding the “Two leaves” symbol (sic),” the charge sheet states.

“It also indicates that the money recovered from accused Sukesh Chandrasekhar was sent by accused TTV Dhinakaran through unaccounted channels with the help of other accused persons,” the charge sheet also states.

The police added that further investigations were pending regarding the contents of mobile phones seized from the accused and the financial channels used to transfer the money to Sukesh.

TTV was arrested on April 25 after four days of continuous interrogation by the Delhi police. The arrest was made based on an FIR registered against TTV on April 17, under various sections of the IPC including 120B (Criminal conspiracy), 170 (impersonating a public servant) and under Section 8 of The Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

According to police, Sukesh might have led TTV to believe that the ECI could be influenced towards a favourable decision on the symbol, if officials were bribed with Rs 50-60 crore.

Sukesh was reportedly in possession of Rs 1.3 crore at the time of his arrest from the Hyatt hotel on the night of April 23.



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