Published On: Sat, Nov 17th, 2018
Crime | ByIANS

Delhi Court frames corruption charges against Dhinakaran

New Delhi: In a setback to sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran, a Delhi court on Saturday framed charges, including attempts to bribe Election Commission officials, in the “Two Leaves” symbol bribery case after rejecting his plea for discharge.

As Dhinakaran was not present in the courtroom, the judge listed the matter for December 5

Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj framed charges under Section 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 201 (destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code and under Section 8 (bribes to influence public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption Act against Dhinakaran.

As Dhinakaran was not present in the courtroom, the judge listed the matter for December 5 for recording Dhinakaran’s plea on charges framed against him.

The court has also framed criminal conspiracy and under Section 8 (bribes to influence public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption Act against Dhinakaran’s aide Sukesh Chandershekar and two others –TP Mallikarjun and B Kumar in the case filed and probed by Delhi Police.

The court has also framed charges under Section 170 (impersonating a public servant), 201 (destruction of evidence), 419 (punishment for cheating by personation) 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), Section 474 (possessing forged document) of IPC.

After they pleaded not guilty and claimed trial, the court listed the matter for December 17 for recording the statements of prosecution witnesses in the case.

Meanwhile, the court discharged five other accused — Nathu Singh alias Naresh, Lalit Kumar K Shah, Pulkit Kundra, Jai Vikram Haran and Narender Jain — in the case opining that in the absence of grave suspicion, no charge for conspiracy can be framed against him.

Dhinakaran, now an independent MLA and heading the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK), is accused of having tried to bribe Election Commission officials to get the “Two Leaves” poll symbol for the faction led by his aunt VK Sasikala in the wake of the split in the AIADMK following the death of J Jayalalithaa.

He was arrested on April 25 last year. He was granted bail on June 1 2017. The bribe amount is said to be of the order of Rs 50 crore.

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