The Enforcement Directorate has detained V. Senthilbalaji, Tamil Nadu’s electricity minister, in connection with a money-laundering investigation. According to the news agency, the arrest came after an 18-hour interrogation at Senthilbalaji’s house in Chennai. Senthil Balaji is unconscious in the intensive care unit.
ED officials allegedly failed to notify Senthilbalaji’s family and other parties about his arrest, according to senior attorney N.R. Elango, a member of the DMK in the Rajya Sabha. The alleged investigation into the minister from Tamil Nadu involved a cash-for-jobs program. The DMK and the president of the Congress referred to it as an “intimidation tactic” by the Narendra Modi administration.
An accusation of money laundering led the ED to detain Tamil Nadu Minister V. Senthil Balaji
According to sources, the Enforcement Directorate has detained V. Senthilbalaji, the electricity minister of Tamil Nadu, in connection with a money-laundering investigation.
The Enforcement Directorate apprehended Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister V. Senthil Balaji in a money-laundering inquiry
On Wednesday early in the morning, the Enforcement Directorate apprehended Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister V. Senthil Balaji in a money-laundering inquiry. The News agency reported that the arrest followed an 18-hour interrogation at Senthilbalaji’s home in Chennai.
Senthil Balaji was driven to the Government Multi Super Specialty Hospital in Chennai at two on Wednesday morning for a checkup after the interrogation. Three vehicles bringing papers took after them.
Senthil Balaji is in the intensive care unit and is oblivious
Minister Sekar Babu reported that Senthil Balaji is oblivious and under ICU observation, while Ministers Udhayanidhi Stalin, M. Subramanian, and EV Velu visited the hospital. Senior advocate N.R. Elango, a member of the DMK in the Rajya Sabha, asserted that ED officials failed to inform Senthilbalaji’s family and others about his arrest.
In Chennai, Omandurar Government Medical College has been assigned a Rapid Action Force (RAF) team. They took Senthil Balaji to the hospital for medical testing. In the meantime, ED set up rigorous security close to the Karur bus stop.
The alleged probe into the minister from Tamil Nadu concerned a cash-for-jobs program
As part of its investigation into money laundering, the ED began conducting searches at Balaji-related locations on Tuesday in Chennai, Karur, and Erode. The step emerged months after the Supreme Court authorized law enforcement and ED investigation into a reported cash-for-jobs scheme against the DMK minister.
DMK President called it an “intimidation tactic”
Presidents of the DMK and the Congress, M.K. Stalin and Mallikarjun Kharge, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, called it an “intimidation tactic” by the Narendra Modi administration.
It is an act of retaliation. According to Minister Ponmudi of Tamil Nadu, the Union government is behaving wrongly towards states where a non-BJP administration is in power, such as West Bengal, Delhi, and this one.
Balaji, a prominent DMK official from Karur, is also in charge of prohibition and excise.