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TTV Dhinakaran ECI bribery case: Was hawala money routed through Kochi?

Delhi police have claimed a Kerala connection to the money trail in the election commission bribery case involving AIADMK (Amma)’s leader TTV Dhinakaran, reports ToI.

The last three days of investigations into the cash route has reportedly revealed that it originated from Chennai and went to Delhi via Kochi. The probe has now progressed with the Delhi police summoning at least a dozen people – including Dhinakaran’s relatives and lawyer for further questioning. 

Reports suggest that Hawala dealers operating from Chennai, Kochi and Delhi helped Dhinakaran by transferring money to his co-accused in the case, Sukesh Chandrasekhar. 

Police sources have further told ToI that the Delhi police team is probing the case and believe that the accused intended to channel the bribe of Rs.10 crore through the dealers. Police are now on the lookout for hawala agent Narendra Jain.

Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday, filed another case against Dhiniakaran, also the AIADMK deputy general secretary, and Sukesh for money laundering. This comes a day after Dhinakaran and his close aide Mallikarjuna were sent to judicial custody till May 15 by a special court in New Delhi.

Dhinakaran was arrested on April 25 by the Delhi police crime branch for allegedly trying to pay Rs 50 crore bribes to EC officials through Sukesh.

Source: The News Minute