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Delhi Police team takes Dhinakaran to his home for interrogation

Two lawyers and a few supporters of Mr. Dhinakaran staged a protest for not allowing them to meet him.

After more than two hours of interrogation at the Rajaji Bhavan Central Government Offices Complex in Chennai on Thureday, a Delhi Police team took AIADMK Amma leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran to his residence in Venkateshwara Nagar in Adyar for further grilling.
Two lawyers and a few supporters of Mr. Dhinakaran staged a protest for not allowing them to meet him.
The police team reached Chennai with Mr. Dhinakaran and his aide Mallikarjuna to gather details about the “illegal channels” used for transferring money from Chennai to Delhi in the case of alleged attempt by the two to bribe an Election Commission official to get the ''Two Leaves'' symbol of the individed AIADMK for their faction.
The Crime Branch team reportedly took the 9.55 a.m Air India flight. The Delhi Police had secured warrants from a city court to search the Chennai residences of Mr. Dhinakaran and his aide.
The police will be confronting both with arrested middleman Sukesh Chandrashekar to get the details of the money trail and phone conversations between them.
The police will try to recover the mobile phones through which Mr. Dhinakaran used to communicate with Mr. Chandrashekar.
Mr. Dhinakaran was arrested on Tuesday night after four days of questioning.
Earlier, the police said Mr. Chandrashekar had struck a deal for Rs. 50 crore to help the AIADMK Amma to get the ‘Two Leaves’ symbol. He had Rs 1.30 crore in cash in his possession when he was arrested from a five star hotel in Delhi on April 16.
Mr. Dhinakaran was arrested for allegedly arranging the amount from undisclosed sources and getting it transferred from Chennai to Delhi through illegal channels, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Madhur Verma.
Mr. Mallikarjuna was arrested for allegedly helping Mr. Dhinakaran transfer this money from Chennai to Delhi, he said.
The police are verifying whether Mr. Chandrashekar had approached any Election Commission official for getting a favourable verdict for the Dhinakaran faction.
Mr. Dhinakaran, who was appointed deputy general secretary of the AIADMK by party chief V.K. Sasikala, has been isolated in his party amid moves to merge the rival factions led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and his predecessor O. Panneerselvam.
A powerful section of the ruling AIADMK Amma recently revolted against the Sasikala-Dhinakaran leadership. The development came after Mr. Panneerselvam demanded the ouster of Ms. Sasikala and Mr. Dhinakaran as a condition for merger talks.

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