Chennai Court Extends Remand of Ex-Minister Senthil Balaji till July 8

V Senthil Balaji

A Chennai sessions court on Thursday extended former Tamil Nadu Minister V Senthil Balaji’s remand until July 8, 2024.
Balaji was arrested by the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) last year in connection with a money laundering case.
Principal Sessions Judge S. Alli, before whom Senthil Balaji was produced via video conferencing from the Central Puzhal Prison, extended his judicial custody.
During the hearing, both sides concluded their arguments on two petitions filed by Senthil Balaji. He had requested the submission of missing documents identified as “Relied Upon Document Nos-16 and 17,” which are copies of counterfoil challans related to his account that were collected by the ED during its investigation.
The judge scheduled the next hearing for July 8 on another petition filed by Balaji, which requested the deferral of the current proceedings and an adjournment of the case to a later date.
On June 14, 2023, Balaji was arrested in connection with alleged irregularities in the selection of bus conductors, drivers, and junior engineers within the Tamil Nadu Transport Department. These appointments took place during Balaji’s tenure as the Transport-Minister in All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government between 2011 and 2015. He later switched to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in 2018.

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