- AIADMK (Amma faction) leader TTV Dhinakaran was arrested for attempting to bribe election officials
- In court to plead for bail, Dhinakaran asked the court why no government servant had been arrested along with him.
- This was in reference to the Prevention of Corruption Act that Dhinakaran was booked under. The Act requires a public official to also be charged in the case.
Have the Delhi police shown undue haste in invoking the 'Prevention of Corruption Act' against AIADMK (Amma) faction leader TTV Dhinakaran? For, as per the law, there has to be one public servant charged as well, for imposing the graft law. But the police have not booked any government servant in the Election Commission bribery case.
TTV Dhinkaran, whose bail plea was opposed by the Delhi police, asked the court why no government servants were arrested along with him. The Delhi police had opposed a special bail plea by AIADMK (Amma) faction leader TTV Dhinakaran in the court here stating that he had adopted corrupt means to disrespect the sanctity of the electoral process.
Public prosecutor Balbir Singh opposed Dhinakran's bail plea stating that since he was influential, he could tamper with the investigation. The court has adjourned the hearing for May 31 and extended the judicial custody of Dhinakaran, Mallikarjun, alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrashekar and hawala operator Nathu Singh until June 12.
At the two-hour long hearing, Dhinakaran's advocate Aman Lekhi argued that his client cannot be denied bail as "it was a serious case." According to him, although Section 8 of Prevention of Corruption Act has been invoked against his client, the police have not named any government servant accused - mandatory to impose the act, reports PTI. "None of the arrested accused are public servants. It is sheer abuse of law. Public servant stands unidentified. He is not before this court. There has to be at least one public servant for imposing graft law," advocate Lekhi said.
This was even supported by another accused Mallikarjun's counsel. "There has to be a public servant accused in the case," reports PTI. Dhinakaran was arrested on April 25 in New Delhi for allegedly attempting to bribe Election Commission officials to get the undivided AIADMK's 'two leaves' party symbol.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:36 PM IST