Accused turned witness from Thiruverkadu found dead

By Express press service

CHENNAI: A 31-year-old lawyer from Thiruverkadu, who was charged in the ‘Two Leaf’ symbol case, is believed to have died by suicide on Wednesday. The lawyer, Gopinath, as well as the leader of the AMMK, TTV Dhinakaran, and two other people, were summoned on Friday before the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) in Delhi. The case concerns the alleged bribery of officials of the electoral commission to attribute the symbol of the “two leaves” to the AMMK.

“On Wednesday, Gopinath’s sister found him dead in a room across from his house. He had told his family about the emergency call and came into the room saying he had work to do,” said a policeman. Thiruverkadu Police registered a case of unnatural death and sent the body for an autopsy.

Police say Sukesh Chandrasekhar, an infamous con artist, acted as an agent of TTV Dhinakaran to bribe election commission officials in Delhi. Dhinakaran’s legal adviser Mohanraj and his junior Gopinath acted on his behalf in transferring the money, police said.

Chandrasekhar was fired in 2017 along with TTV Dhinakaran, Gopinath and Mohanraj. While the others were released on bail, Chandrasekhar was arrested again by the ED on Monday. Police sources said Gopinath, who was named as a defendant in the indictment, testified in the case.

Friday’s inquest, for which he was summoned, would have been his first appearance as a witness. (Assistance for those with suicidal thoughts is available on Tamil Nadu Health Helpline 104 and Sneha Helpline 044-24640050)

James V. Hayes