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Tamil Nadu Minister V Senthil Balaji Denied Bail in PMLA Case

A sessions court in Chennai has denied bail to Tamil Nadu Minister V Senthil Balaji in a money laundering case. The Minister’s arrest earlier this year led to a legal battle, including an appeal to the Madras High Court for a bail hearing.

Arrest and Legal Battle

V Senthil Balaji was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on June 14, 2023, in connection with allegations of money laundering. He was subsequently remanded in judicial custody but was admitted to a State-run hospital due to chest pain and uneasiness following his arrest. After undergoing bypass surgery at a private hospital, he was transferred to the Chennai Central Prison, where he has remained in custody.

High Court’s Advisory

The Madras High Court recently advised Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin to decide on V Senthil Balaji’s continued role as a Minister despite his arrest and judicial custody. The court highlighted that his position as a Minister without Portfolio serves no purpose and does not align with the principles of constitutional governance.


The denial of bail to V Senthil Balaji underscores the legal complexities surrounding his case. The Madras High Court’s advisory brings the matter of his ministerial role into question, emphasizing the need for a decision on his continued tenure in the cabinet while in judicial custody.


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