Imprisoned con man Sukesh Chandrashekhar has been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in another money laundering case linked to the 2017 election commission bribery, allegedly involving former AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran and others, officials said Monday.
The 32-year-old is already in jail after the central investigative agency arrested him last year in a case of allegedly cheating and extorting money from a number of wealthy people, including individuals such as the wife of former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh, Aditi Singh.
A number of Bollywood actors and models have been questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in this 2021 case over their alleged links to Chandrashekhar.
The ED had arrested Chandrashekhar in the 2017 case and put him in jail a few days ago, while a local court later took him into custody, officials said.
The investigative team will include its statement in the election commission’s alleged bribery case under the provisions of the Money Laundering Prevention Act (PMLA), they said. The latest arrest was made in the criminal case filed by the ED after learning from an FIR, a crime department of the Delhi Police from 2017.
Chandrashekar was arrested from a five-star hotel by Delhi Police in April 2017 for allegedly taking money from Mr Dhinakaran to bribe Election Commission (EC) officials to use the AIADMK ‘two leaves’ symbol for the UK Sasikala faction in a by-election to win the RK Nagar assembly seat in Tamil Nadu.
Mr Dhinakaran, who was charged by the police, was also arrested by the Delhi police after four days of interrogation for alleged attempts to bribe EC officials for the symbol.
The bypoll was necessary due to the death of the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa, who was representing the editing segment.
The EC had frozen the symbol of the AIADMK after the two factions – one led by Aunt Sasikala of Dhinakaran and the other by former Prime Minister O Panneerselvam – claimed it. Mallikarjuna, Mr Dhinakaran’s closest associate, was also arrested for allegedly facilitating a 50 crore deal between him and Chandrashekar.
Mr Dhinakaran was the treasurer of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and was expelled from the party in August 2017 along with Jayalalithaa’s confidant Sasikala.
Later he launched his political party called Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK).