Sukesh Chandrasekhar, the man alleged to be Sasikala nephew TTV Dinakaran’s middleman, was arrested by the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch and Rs 1.3 crore were recovered from him.
Sukesh Chandrasekhar allegedly struck a Rs 50-crore deal with TTV Dinakaran for helping the AIADMK faction keep the ‘two leaves’ symbol–a symbol frozen by the Election Commission.
Chandrasekhar is not new to such allegations. He is better known as actor Leena Maria Paul’s partner and the duo were famously known as the real ‘Bunty and Babli’.
THE GRANDSON OF M KARUNANIDHI
A luxury car addict, he was apprehended by police in Kolkata a few years ago for cheating people of crores of rupees. There are nearly 50 cases against him in various states.
In his criminal career, he has posed as a relative of nearly all the chief ministers of the southern states. He had several cases against him in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh when he landed in Chennai in 2010 and claimed he was the grandson of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi.
He did not stop at that, and tried cheating people by claiming that he is M K Alagiri’s relative.
According to police, Chandrasekhar used bodyguards and cars with beacons to convince his “victims” that he was an influential person and hobnobbed with politicians.
A LUXURY VILLA AND ASTON MARTIN
A native of Bengaluru, Chandrasekhar led a life of crime since his teenage years. An expert drag racer, it was Chandrasekhar’s love for fast cars that reportedly led him to con people; he used the money to buy luxury cars.
Chandrasekhar was smitten by Leena Maria Paul, who he befriended when she arrived in Bengaluru to learn dentistry. She wanted a career in movies and Chandrasekhar promised her a break.
He reportedly organised a meeting for Leena Paul in Chennai with Tamil actor Mahendran.
At some point, Leena Maria Paul reportedly joined him in his ‘conning’ exploits.
In 2015, the Delhi Police arrested Leena Paul and Sukesh Chandrasekar while they were in hiding. They were staying at a luxury villa and paid a rent of Rs 4 lakh per month.
They had a fleet of luxury cars, including several Aston Martin, a Rolls Royce, a Land Cruiser, a Hummer, a BMW, and an Audi.
A glib-talker, Chandrasekhar studied till Class X but could speak in eight languages including Tamil, Gujarati and Spanish.
SOME OF THE CASES AGAINST CHANDRASEKHAR
Actor Leena Paul and Sukesh Chadrasekhar were accused of a Rs 19-crore fraud involving a Chennai-based business couple and a nationalised bank in March 2013. Chandrasekhar posed as a Karnataka government official who wanted a Rs 132-crore sanitary napkin machine order from a company called Future Techiniks Private Limited.
In 2011, Sukesh was arrested in Bengaluru based on a tip-off from Leena Paul. The Bangalore Crime Branch received a complaint from her which said that Chandrasekhar cheated her by promising her a job in the film industry.
In another incident, Chandrasekhar conned two people, a spa owner and a Tamil actor, of Rs 5 lakh after promising to help them purchase government cars at a lesser price.
Sukesh was arrested in August 2007 on charges of cheating a senior citizen of Rs 1.4 crore by promising to help him with a land deal. He claimed that he was a friend of Nikhil Gowda, son of former Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy.