Senthil Balaji bail plea rejected

Tambaram: The Madras high court today rejected the bail plea of Tamil Nadu minister V Senthil Balaji, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case.

On Monday, the court had reserved orders on the petition filed by the DMK, seeking bail. Justice G Jayachandran reserved the order without specifying any date, after hearing elaborate arguments from senior counsel NR Elango, appearing for Balaji and additional solicitor general ARL Sundaresan, appearing for the ED.

Counsel Elango submitted that Balaji was yet to recover fully even after the bypass surgery and hence he took treatment at Stanley Hospital on October 9. Hence, he may be enlarged on bail for taking further treatment.

Citing the medical report of Stanley hospital, Elango submitted that the doctors have opined that there were symptoms of another attack. The court may appoint any doctor to examine the health condition of Balaji, he added.

He said Balaji has filed his income tax returns for the last 10 years. From this, it was clear that he was innocent. He was sent to jail with an ulterior motive, he added.

Senior counsel Sundaresan submitted that from the pen drive, which was seized from Balaji’s office, the ED came to know that he received ₹67.75 crore from the innocent public after promising them to get jobs in the state transport corporation. The accused may be granted bail only when there were no proper or particular facilities in prison or government hospital. But, this was not the situation. Already, the principal sessions judge had denied bail on medical ground, he added.


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