A rousing reception awaited AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran as he returned to Chennai on Saturday following his bail earlier this week. Close to a hundred supporters, a band and even priests with garlands were lined up outside his Adyar residence, waiting for the graft-accused leader to arrive. Party workers who stood with plates of fruits and began to shower the AIADMK's leader's car with flowers as it entered the lane to his home.
On Thursday, a Delhi court granted bail to Dhinakaran and his close aide Mallikarjuna. Both of them had been lodged in Tihar jail in the capital. The court asked them to furnish a personal bond of Rs 5 lakh each and two sureties of the same amount. In addition to this, they have been warned against leaving the country without the permission of the court.
Before leaving the national capital, however, Dhinakaran reportedly said that he will prove his innocence. "I will continue party work. Nobody announced that I have been expelled from the party and the power to do that lies with the general secretary," he said, according to Firstpost.
When asked if the Tamil Nadu Government had bowed before the Centre, he denied it and claimed there were 'friendly ties'.
Dhinakaran was granted bail after the Delhi court said that there was no apprehension of him fleeing and that the police were yet to identify which officer in the Election Commission had been approached by Dhinakaran and his aides.
Dhinakaran was arrested on April 25 after four days of questioning for allegedly attempting to bribe unidentified EC officials. He was, according to the police, trying to obtain the undivided AIADMKâ€™s â€˜two leavesâ€™ election symbol ahead of the RK Nagar bye-polls.