Chennai, Aug 28 (BPNS)
A special court that is hearing the cases related to MPs and MLAs of Tamil Nadu extended the Judicial custody of Tamil Nadu minister without portfolio, Senthil Balaji till September 15. The Special court Judge K. Ravi pronounced the orders extending the judicial custody of the minister till September 15.
The Court also handed over the 3000 page charge sheet of the Enforcement Directorate to the minister directly.
The Enforcement Directorate had on August 12 filed the prosecution complaint of about 3000 pages. The charge sheet include 170 pages of operational documents and 2000 pages of annexures that has arraigned the minister as an accused.
It may be noted that the minister was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate officers on June 14 after conducting raids at his official residence and office premises.
Senthil Balaji who during his arrest was serving as the Electricity and Excise minister of Tamil Nadu was later retained in the cabinet of Chief Minister Stalin as a minister without portfolio.
The minister after his arrest had complained of chest pain and later on an angiogram chest conducted at the Government Omandurar hospital detected him with three blocks in his coronary artery. The minister had then petitioned the Madras High Court that he had to undergo angioplasty to remove his coronary artery block and he requested the court that he wanted his surgery to be conducted at the Kaveri hospital.
The Madras High Court accepted his application and the minister was allowed to conduct angioplasty at the private hospital. After a few days of staying at the Kaveri Hospital, he was later shifted to the Medical ward in Puzhal Central Prison in the outskirts of Chennai where is presently lodged.