Two leaves symbol order: Dinakaran moves Delhi HC

Chennai: Ousted AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran approached Delhi High Court on Thursday challenging two leaves symbol order of the Election Commission (EC).

The court has admitted the plea and is likely to hear the matter on Friday.

Earlier in the month, the election watchdog had ruled that the party’s faction led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E. Palanisamy and his deputy, O. Panneerselvam (EPS-OPS) would be entitled to use the name of the party and its reserved symbol, holding that it enjoyed majority in the party’s legislative and organisational wings.

Following the ruling, Dinakaran, while addressing party workers here last week, said, “I will win in RK Nagar by-election and take back ‘two leaves’ symbol.”

Backed by her aunt, Sasikala, Dinakaran had also laid claim over the symbol after a power tussle ensued in the party following the death of Jayalalithaa.

Dinakaran is also facing court case in the two leaves symbol bribery case.

On November 23, a Delhi court pulled up the police once again for not filing supplementary chargesheet against Dinakaran in the two leaves bribery case, who was granted bail on June 1 after being arrested on April 25.

According to police, arrested middleman Sukesh Chandrashekhar had tried to bribe the EC officials to get nod for using the symbol for Sasikala’s faction of the AIADMK.

Meanwhile, the EC has fixed December 21 as the polling date for the RK Nagar by-elections. (ANI)