Court asks Di­nakaran, aide to re­spond to po­lice plea seek­ing voice sam­ples



A DELHI court on Thurs­day asked AIADMK deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary T T V Di­nakaran and mid­dle­man Sukesh Chan­drashekhar to re­spond to a po­lice plea seek­ing per­mis­sion to take their voice sam­ples in the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion bribery case. The court asked both to re­spond on the next hear­ing on May 15.

It also ex­tended the ju­di­cial cus­tody of Sukesh, which was to end on Friday, till May 15. Oth­ers ac­cused in the case — Di­nakaran’s close aide Mal­likar­juna and al­leged hawala op­er­a­tor Nathu Singh — are also in ju­di­cial cus­tody till May 15.

The po­lice on Thurs­day sub­mit­ted in court that they had a CD con­tain­ing au­dio record­ings of phone con­ver­sa­tions be­tween Di­nakaran and Chan­drashekar and oth­ers and they wanted to com­pare the au­dios with the voice sam­ples.

Af­ter the coun­sel for the two ac­cused sought time to go through the ap­pli­ca­tion, Spe­cial Judge Poonam Chaud­hary listed the mat­ter for May 15.

Di­nakaran was ar­rested in the cap­i­tal on the night of April 25 af­ter four days of ques­tion­ing for al­legedly at­tempt­ing to bribe an Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of­fi­cial to get the un­di­vided AIADMK’S ‘two leaves’ elec­tion sym­bol for the Sasikala fac­tion for a by-elec­tion to the R K Na­gar Assem­bly seat in Tamil Nadu. The elec­tion, for which Di­nakaran was a can­di­date, was can­celled by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion.

The court had on April 26 re­manded Di­nakaran and Mal­likar­juna in five days’ cus­tody of Delhi Po­lice, af­ter which both have been in ju­di­cial cus­tody. The Delhi po­lice said that they needed to un­earth the money trail and the en­tire con­spir­acy in the case.

Di­nakaran was ar­rested for al­legedly at­tempt­ing to bribe an EC of­fi­cial

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