Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday filed another case on AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran and Sukesh Chandrashekar for money laundering, for allegedly bribing the Election Commission to attain the two-leaves symbol for the Sasikala faction of AIADMK
This comes a day after TTV Dhinakaran and his close aide Mallikarjuna were sent to judicial custody till May 15 by a special court in New Delhi.
Dhinakaran was arrested on April 25 by the Delhi police crime branch for allegedly trying to pay Rs 50 crore bribes to EC officials through Sukesh.
He was sent to jail after the Delhi police told the court that they did not require any further custodial interrogation of the accused. Dhinakaran is accused of trying to obtain a favourable verdict from the poll panel.
Dhinakaran has another money laundering case against him which was filed in 1996. He came under the scanner of ED officials after huge amounts of cash deposits were made into his bank accounts during the 1991-96 Jayalalithaa regime. He was then booked under the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA).
In January 2017, the Madras High Court had confirmed the penalty of Rs 25 crore imposed on Dhinakaran by the Directorate of Enforcement in the 1996 case.