A Delhi court on June 1 has given TTV Dinakaran, the leader of the AIADMK (Amma) faction, bail in the Election Commission (EC) bribery case. The EC had seized his party’s two leaves symbol. Dinakaran wanted to ‘buy’ it back.

His close aide Mallikarjuna, who was also arrested in the case, was also granted the relief by Special Judge Poonam Chaudhary. Mallikarjuna was arrested for allegedly facilitating a Rs 50-crore deal between Dhinakaran and middleman Sukesh Chandrashekar.

The two were granted bail on payment of a personal bond of Rs 50 lakh each.

Special Judge Poonam Chaudhary could not pass the complete order on Wednesday, May 31, and said that it would be completed on Thursday, June 1, since the stenographers were on leave.
The alleged middleman in the case Sukesh Chandrashekar who tried to negotiate a deal on behalf of Dinakaran and alleged hawala operator Nathu Singh are in judicial custody till June 12. Co-accused Lalit Kumar, who was also alleged to be a hawala operator, is in judicial custody till June 5.

His faction had hoped to obtain the symbol for the bypoll to the R K Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu, which was later cancelled by the EC after the alleged irregularities were reported in the media.

Dinakaran has been isolated by his party after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami and former CM O Paneerselvam, who are part of a rival faction, asked for the merger of the factions back into one party.