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Tamil Nadu Polls: A. Raja’s Brother Arrested for Allegedly Bribing Voters

BeyondHeadlines Staff Reporter

Chennai, Tamil Nadu: The police on the night of April 10 arrested A. Kaliaperumal, brother of former Telecom Minister A. Raja, on charges of “bribing” voters in Perumbalur District in the run up to the April 13 Tamil Nadu assembly polls.

Kaliaperumal was allegedly caught “red-handed” while distributing money at Labbakudi Kadu and Irayur, the second time he has been involved in such an incident in as many days. He was produced before a court which released him on bail, they said.

Former Telecom Minister A. Raja's brother A. Kaliaperumal at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi. (The Hindu file photo)

Kaliaperumal, a businessman, has been slapped with cases under various sections of IPC, including bribery and violation of Representation of People’s Act. Police said they also seized some calendars and diaries from his possession.

On April 9, the police had taken Kaliaperumal into custody for allegedly distributing money to Self Helf Women Groups and a case was registered against him following strong protests from opposition parties as well as locals and intervention by the Election Commission.

He was later let off by the police.

The Enforcement Directorate and the CBI had questioned Kaliaperumal in February in connection with the 2G Spectrum scam, in which Raja has been arrested.

The investigating agencies are probing if his firms had acted as fronts for the former telecom minister.

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