V. Senthil Balaji, Tamil Nadu’s minister of electricity, was detained on Wednesday in connection with an accused case of money laundering. After an 18-hour interrogation at his Chennai home, Balaji was taken into custody.
Balaji was detained by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in accordance with the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). As part of the investigation into money laundering, the agency began searching multiple cities in the state on Tuesday at locations connected to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s Karur.
The decision was taken a few months after the Supreme Court authorized a police and ED investigation into an alleged cash-for-jobs fraud against him.
Madras High Court Passed Split Verdict
The Madras High Court passed the split verdict on the legality of the arrest of V Senthil Balaji by the Enforcement Directorate. On the basis of a Habeas Corpus Plea submitted by Senthil’s wife, Justice J. Nisha Banu, the senior member of the division bench, ordered the minister’s immediate release.
Justice D. Bharatha Chakravarthy, the other judge in the division, supported the legality of the arrest undertaken by the Enforcement Directorate. In the event of a tie vote, Chief Justice Sanjay Vijaykumar Gangapurwala would be consulted, who will then choose a third judge to render a decision.
Bypass surgery advised for V. Senthil Balaji
Senthil Balaji was questioned for hours before he passed out and was sent to the Multi Super Specialty Hospital in Chennai. Balaji was admitted to the hospital after expressing discomfort. The minister received a coronary angiography, according to the hospital, and was urged to have bypass surgery as soon as possible.
About V Senthil Balaji
Senthil Balaji was born on October 21, 1975, in Rameswarapatti, Karur district. He hails from an agricultural background. He did his schooling at Rameswarapatti Govt. School, Vivekananda School, Pasupathypalayam, and Municipal Higher Secondary School, Karur.
Senthil Balaji is a B.com graduate from Government Arts College, Karur affiliated with Bharathidasan University and he completed his graduation in the year 1995.
V Senthil Balaji Family
Senthil Balaji was born into a family of farmers; his father’s name is P. Veluchamy, and his mother’s name is Rukmani. His brother, Ashok Kumar, is a government contractor. Balaji is married to Megala Senthilbalaji, and together the couple have one daughter.
V Senthil Balaji Career
Senthil Balaji started his career at the age of 21. In early 1997, he started his public service as a local body member. Senthil was Minister for Transport of the Government of Tamil Nadu State from 2011 to 2015. Further, he was dropped from the cabinet in July 2015.
Senthil Balaji, an associate of Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, was previously chosen to represent the Karur constituency in the general elections of 2006. In 2016, he won a seat in the Aravakurichi constituency as an MLA. Senthil was instrumental in keeping the government together after Jayalalithaa’s death.
He joined Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in the presence of Party President M. K. Stalin on December 14, 2018. Later he was elected as an MLA on May 23, 2019, for the fourth time in the Aravakurichi constituency.
V Senthil Balaji Net Worth
As per media reports, Senthil has a net worth of Rs. 2.84 crore, his assets are worth Rs. 2.93 crore, and his liabilities are worth Rs. 9.05 lakh. Senthil is a politician as well as an industrialist, and he earns his major income from government salaries and his businesses.
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