TTV Dinakaran gets bail, reaches Chennai

AIADMK leader and party General Secretary VK Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dinakaran reached his Chennai residence on Saturday, after being granted bail by a Delhi court on Friday.

The AIADMK (Amma) faction leader was welcomed with loud cheers from his supporters at his Adyar residence and showered with flowers and garlands.

Dinakaran’s alleged aide Mallikarjun was also granted bail on Friday in the election symbol bribery case.

The Tis Hazari court granted bail to Dinakaran and Mallikarjun on a personal bond of Rs 5 lakh each. The court has also asked them to surrender their passports.

They were also directed not to try to influence the witnesses or tamper with evidence.

Dinakaran was arrested on April 25 by the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch on allegations of attempting to bribe Election Commission officials to obtain a favourable verdict from so that the now frozen ‘two leaves’ party symbol could be restored to Sasikala’s faction of the AIADMK.

The poll panel had frozen the AIADMK’s symbol after two factions of the party, one led by Sasikala and the other by former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Paneerselvam, staked claim to it.

Dinakaran had sought bail on the ground that there was no reason to keep him in custody and no public servant was made an accused in the case, though he was booked on graft charges. Police had opposed his bail plea.

Mallikarjuna, who was also arrested on April 25, sought bail on the ground that no recovery was made at his instance and he had joined the investigation even though no summons were issued to him by the police. His bail application was also opposed by police.


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