Palaniswami Camp Quiet On Dhinakaran’s Arrest, OPS Camp Rejoices
The Delhi Police had arrested Dhinakaran late on Tuesday night.
- TTV Dhinakaran was arrested by the Delhi Police late on Tuesday night
- Reports on Wednesday suggested that he was charged in the cash-for-symbol case
- The arrest came after he was interrogated by the Delhi Police on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday for several hours
- Dhinakaran’s friend Mallikarjuna, who interrogated multiple times, was also arrested
- Dhinakaran was produced at Tis Hazari Court in Delhi on Wednesday.
- The court rejected Dhinakaran’s bail plea, and granted him five-day police custody.
- The Crime Branch of Delhi Police will visit Chennai on Thursday, sources said.
- The Crime Branch said that Dhinakaran was arrested for having transferred money through “illegal channels” to Delhi.
- The Sasikala faction of the AIADMK said talks between the two factions may happen on Thursday or Friday.
- EPS camp, however, shied away from commenting on Dhinakaran’s arrest.
AIADMK's Ruling EPS Camp Mum On Dhinakaran's Arrest, OPS Camp Jubilant
AIADMK Amma senior leader R Vaithilingam declined from commenting on Dhinakaran’s arrest on Wednesday. Vaithilingam is in-charge of steering the negotiations with O Panneerselvam-led side to facilitate the merger of the two rival factions,
Meanwhile, C Ponnaiyan of the Panneerselvam camp, which has been demanding expulsion of Sasikala and Dhinakaran, said the arrest was the prize given by "justice" for adopting a "wrong, illegal approach."
BJP denies role in Dhinakaran's arrest
Union Minister P Radhakrishnan on Wednesday dismissed allegations that the BJP was behind the arrest of AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dhinakaran by Delhi Police in a bribery case.
The minister also claimed that "bigger" scandals might surface if the case is investigated properly.
There is no need for the BJP to push for the action against Dhinkaran or break any party.Union Minister P Radhakrishnan
AIADMK Sasikala Faction Hopeful of Talks With Other Faction
R Vaithilingam, a senior leader in the Sasikala faction of the AIADMK said that talks may take place between the party’s two factions on Thursday or Friday.
Meanwhile, the AIADMK’s mouthpiece ‘Dr Namadhu MGR’ quoted Dhinakaran to say that the party will continue to march on the path of "Chinnamma.” The article is being perceived as a sign of support for Dhinakaran and Sasikala by many of those bringing out the Tamil daily.
Though the ruling AIADMK ministers have announced the ouster of both its general secretary Sasikala and her nephew Dhinakaran from the party, the O Panneerselvam camp has sought their formal expulsion, besides a CBI probe into late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's death.
Dhinakaran Arrested for Sending Money Through "Illegal Channels"
Addressing the media at a press conference, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Madhur Verma said that Dhinakaran was arrested for arranging money from undisclosed sources and getting money transferred through illegal channels from Chennai to Delhi as part of a deal between him and Sukesh Chandrashekhar.
Mallikarjuna was arrested for assisting Dhinakaran by facilitating the transfer of the money through the said illegal channels.
Sukesh was arrested on April 16 from a five-star hotel in Delhi, after the police recovered Rs 1.30 crore from him. He was allegedly given Rs 50 crore by Dhinakaran to bribe Election Commission officers for the two leaves symbol.
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