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Two leaves symbol bribery case: Supreme Court grants 2-week bail for accused middleman

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New Delhi (ILNS): The Supreme Court has granted a two-week interim bail to Sukesh Chandrashekhar, alleged middleman in the AIADMK’s ‘two leaves’ symbol matter. The bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee granted the interim bail on ground of his father’s illness.

Chandrashekhar was arrested for allegedly taking money from AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran to bribe the ECI officials to get the AIADMK’s ‘two leaves’ symbol for the Sasikala faction in a by-election to the R K Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu.

He has filed the petition challenging the Delhi High Court order wherein it had dismissed his regular bail application in March this year. In a relief he has sought ‘interim bail’ for two weeks on ground of his father’s illness.

The petitioner in the instant case had filed the bail application before the Delhi High Court in connection with FIR No. 0056/2017 under section 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 registered with the PS Crime Branch, Delhi.

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The Delhi Justice Vibhu Bakhru had dismissed the bail application and observed:

“There was high likelihood of the petitioner trying to influence the trial. This was in the context of the serious allegations made against the petitioner. It is alleged that a forged identity card of a Member of Parliament and a forged sticker of a Member of Parliament affixed to the car, was found. It is also alleged that the petitioner had sought to impersonate himself as the PA to the Law Minister as well as a Judge of the Supreme Court, to try and influence the learned Special Judge, PC Act.”


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