The Man behind Dhinakaran’s EC ‘bribe bid’

Sukesh Chandrasekhar, the young Bangalorean now at the centre of a sensational bribery attempt involving TTV Dhinakaran, is not a novice in the field of crime.

An infamous “con-man”, now at 27 years, has posed in the last seven years as DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s grandson, friend of former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s son, former Union Minister T R Baalu’s son and nephew of Andhra Pradesh’s late Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.

One who hogged limelight at the age of 17 with his entry into the world of crime through cheating, police in national capital knew him as one who managed to give them a slip four years ago when investigators swooped in on a south Delhi farmhouse. His then actress-girlfriend Leena Maria Paul was arrested then.

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His first brush with police was in 2007, then 17 years, when he “cheated” a 75-year-old man in Bengaluru of Rs 1.14 crore by promising him to get allocation of a site from Bengaluru Development Authority.

Though Delhi Police missed him, the young man with a fetish for luxury cars and watches was arrested later in Kolkata for duping Canara Bank and scores people to the tune of Rs 19 crore.

A drag racer known for daring stunts, Chandrasekhar drove around in cars with beacons and with bodyguards to convince his targets that he can turn the tables for them in business or other deals.

Sukesh, who also goes by the name Balaji and studied in Bengaluru’s Bishop Cotton School, started his career in crime when he was a teenager in connection with a scam in Bengaluru Development Authority.

Investigators claimed that he duped around 100 people across the country of around Rs 50 crore by posing as kin of leading politicians. Sukesh has over four dozen cases against him.

According to police, he had stayed in a posh apartment in Bengaluru’s posh Koramangala area in 2010 posing as son of Karunanidhi’s son M K Azhagiri besides using the names of two IAS officers to push for a poultry contract. He had approached a Chennai businessman as Karunanidhi’s grandson but his bluff was called only after he managed to fleece Rs 1.49 lakh.

He also managed to hoodwink a businessman in Bengaluru by posing as a JD(S) leader and friend of Kumaraswamy’s son.

(An edited version appeared in Deccan Herald on Apr 18, 2017)

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