In a major setback to rebel AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran, who is getting ready to lead his newly started party Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) for the upcoming by-polls in 20 assembly constituencies of Tamil Nadu, a Delhi court ordered framing of criminal conspiracy and other charges against him, in the alleged Election Commission bribery case related to two-leaves party symbol.
Special Judge Ajay Bharadwaj ordered to put Dinakaran on trial for the offence punishable under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act.
Dinakaran, presently lone MLA of his party, was arrested in April 2017 and was later granted bail. Alleged middleman Sukesh Chandansekar, who is currently in judicial currently, was also ordered to be put on trial in the case for the offence punishable under sections 120-B and 201 of IPC and under the PC Act.
The court directed Dhinakaran to appear before it on December 4, when it will formally frame the charges. In 2017, Delhi Police’s crime branch had filed the charge sheet alleging that Chandansekar had conspired with Dinakaran and others to bribe the poll panel officials to get the two leaves symbol for Sasikala-led AIADMK faction.
Dhinakaran had won the byelections held in Radha Krishnan Nagar Assembly constituency in December last year under the ‘pressure cooker’ symbol with a margin of over 40,000 votes.