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TN power minister Senthilbalaji gets relief after Madras HC quashes ED summons

- September 1, 2022

Chennai, Sept 1 (BPNS)

The Tamil Nadu power minister, Senthilbalaji got a reprieve after the Madras High Court quashed the summons issued to him by the Enforcement Directorate (ED ).

 The probe was initiated on the job racketing cases booked against Senthilbalaji and two others. The local police had booked cases against them on job racketing a few years before.

Madras High Court division bench comprising of Justices T. Raja and Kumaresh Babu allowed writ petitions filed by Tamil Nadu Electricity minister, Senthilbalaji and co- accused, B. Shanmugham and R.V. Ashokkumar to quash the summons issued by the Enforcement Directorate against them on April 29. The petitioners had also requested the court to declare the investigation initiated against them by the ED as illegal and unconstitutional.

It is to be noted that the ED registered an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) against the petitioners on July 29, 2021. The case was registered under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.

The ED has taken cognizance of the Tamil Nadu Crime Branch registering three FIRs against the minister on charges of accepting bribes to appoint drivers and conductors when he was transport minister in the previous AIADMK government.