Delhi Police issue lookout notice against Dhinakaran

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Delhi Police on Wednesday said that they have issued a lookout notice against AIADMK leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran, accused of attempting to bribe an Election Commission of India (ECI) official to get the ‘two leaves’ symbol for his faction.

Confirming the action, Joint Commissioner of police (Crime) Praveer Ranjan said that the notice was issued as a preventive action.

The move was prompted as there was speculation that Mr. Dhinakaran, being an NRI, could try to flee from the country, the police said, adding that immigration officials have been alerted. The police, however, declined to comment on the possibility of sending a separate team to arrest him.

On April 16, the Delhi Police Crime Branch arrested Sukesh Chandrashekhar for allegedly fixing a deal with Mr. Dhinakaran to obtain a favourable order from the Commission in getting the “two leaves” symbol for the party faction led by V.K. Sasikala.

It is alleged that the deal was fixed with a promise of ₹50 crore. Mr. Dhinakaran had allegedly transferred ₹10 crore of the sum to a man in Kochi and further to hawala operators in Chandni Chowk, a police officer had said.

Chandrashekhar allegedly received money through Chandni Chowk-based hawala operators and police is probing the hawala link.

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