Tamil Nadu Governor sacks V Senthil Balaji, a minister in the Stalin government
V Senthil Balaji News: Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi sacked jailed minister V. Senthil Balaji from the Council of Ministers on Thursday (June 29). The Tamil Nadu Raj Bhavan issued a statement saying that Minister V Senthil Balaji is facing serious criminal proceedings in several corruption cases including money laundering and money laundering. In these circumstances, the Governor has dismissed him from the Council of Ministers with immediate effect.
The statement further said that Minister Thiru V. Senthil Balaji abusing his position as a Minister is influencing the investigation and obstructing the due process of law and justice. He is currently in judicial custody in a criminal case being probed by the Enforcement Directorate. Some more criminal cases against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code are being investigated by the state police.
What else did the Tamil Nadu Raj Bhavan say?
On behalf of the Raj Bhavan, it was said that there are apprehensions that the continuation of Thiru V. Senthil Balaji in the Council of Ministers will adversely affect the due process of law including fair investigation, which may break down the constitutional machinery in the state. In these circumstances, the Governor has dismissed Thiru V. Senthil Balaji from the Council of Ministers with immediate effect.
ED arrested Senthil Balaji
Significantly, the Enforcement Directorate had arrested Senthil Balaji on June 14 under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Later, he was admitted to the government hospital after complaining of uneasiness and chest pain during the investigation. The court ordered him to be sent to judicial custody for 14 days.
Judicial custody extended till July 12
Thereafter, Senthil Balaji was admitted to Kaveri Hospital, where he underwent bypass surgery. A Chennai court on Wednesday extended Senthil Balaji’s judicial custody till July 12. The minister appeared before the court through video conference from the hospital.
(also input from PTI)
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