The Delhi police on Saturday leveled an additional accusation against AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran. In addition to allegedly trying to bribe election commission officials to obtain the two leaves symbol, he also attempted to make the bye-poll fall on a date that suited him, as per numerology, the police told a court.
According to Times of India, he was ready to pay up to Rs 10 crore, to ensure that polls were held on May 5.
In their submission to the Tis Hazari court, the Delhi police reportedly stated that they have a recorded conversation between Dhinakaran and his alleged middleman Sukesh, as evidence. Reports suggest that the two men communicated on WhatsApp most of the time. But on the intervening night of April 15 and 16 this year, they spoke over the phone.
According to News18.com, police even told the court that they have details of a phone call during which the name of an Election Commission official also cropped up. The court will be ruling on Sukeshâ€™s bail plea on Monday.
On Friday, Dhinakaran reportedly refused to give his voice samples to the police for examination. The police had sought permission from a Delhi court to compare the voice samples of both the accused with the ones heard in the audio recordings seized by them.
According to reports, 'Dhinakaran argued that there was no provision in Cr PC which permitted the investigating officer to move an application in the court during the pendency of the investigation to obtain voice sample of an accused.
His counsel claimed that the court could not permit the police's plea, as it would interfere with the investigation itself.