A 31-year-old witness within the case towards TTV Dhinakaran linked to the alleged bribing of an Election Fee official, died by suicide on Wednesday, simply hours after Dhinakaran was summoned to seem earlier than the probe company, in response to sources conscious of the developments.
The deceased has been recognized as advocate Gopinath, who was working as a subordinate for a counsel of Dhinakaran within the bribery case, sources mentioned.
In 2017, quickly after the loss of life of AIADMK icon J Jayalalithaa, a bitter factional conflict broke out between O Panneerselvam and VK Sasikala, Dhinakaran’s aunt. In a bid to safe the ‘two leaves’ election image for the Sasikala faction, Dhinakaran allegedly tried to bribe an EC official by means of ‘conman’ Sukesh Chandrasekhar, one other alleged affiliate of Dhinakaran.
Chandrashekar was arrested in April 2017 from a five-star resort by the Delhi Police for allegedly taking cash from Dhinakaran to bribe EC officers to get the AIADMK’s ‘two leaves’ image in a by-election to the RK Nagar meeting seat in Tamil Nadu.
The 58-year-old AMMK basic secretary has been requested to depose earlier than the company on April 8. His assertion will probably be recorded beneath the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act (PMLA) as soon as he deposes.
The Enforcement Directorate had filed a case and probed into the cash path after it was alleged that Dhinakaran had paid Chandrasekhar with a purpose to bribe an EC official.
Whereas the ED case continues, the political scene has seen dramatic modifications from the tumultuous days following Jayalalithaa’s loss of life. Now, Dhinakaran and Sasikala are outlying contenders to Jayalalithaa’s celebration, which now rests with Panneerselvam and Palaniswami.
(With PTI inputs)