On the arrest of V. Senthilbalaji and its aftermath

A day after the sleuths of Enforcement Directorate conducted searches at the official chamber of Minister V. Senthilbalaji, 47, at the State Secretariat in an unprecedented move on June 13, 2024, arrested him. After nearly 18 hours of grilling, the DMK Minister who hails from Karur in Tamil Nadu, was arrested at 1.39 a.m. on June 14.

June 30, 2023 05:17 pm | Updated February 28, 2024 05:42 pm IST

Tamil Nadu Minister V. Senthilbalaji breaks down as ED officials take him into custody in connection with a money laundering case and bring him to the Government Multi Super Specialty Hospital in Chennai in the wee hours on June 14, 2023

Tamil Nadu Minister V. Senthilbalaji breaks down as ED officials take him into custody in connection with a money laundering case and bring him to the Government Multi Super Specialty Hospital in Chennai in the wee hours on June 14, 2023 | Photo Credit: ANI

High drama unfolded when V. Senthilbalaji, the erstwhile Tamil Nadu Minister for Electricity, Prohibition and Excise, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in an alleged money laundering case, in the wee hours on June 14, 2023.

With the go-ahead of the Supreme Court, the ED tightened its noose in the case pertaining to the cash-for-jobs scam that took place when Mr. Senthilbalaji was the Minister for Transport between 2011 and 2015, during the AIADMK regime.

Mr. Senthilbalaji, a well-known party-hopper in his political career spanning 27 years, continues in Tamil Nadu Cabinet as a Minister without a portfolio, ably backed by DMK president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin who vehemently campaigned against Mr. Senthilbalaji’s acts of corruption only a few years ago.

The Minister’s arrest marked the opening of a can of worms in the political landscape in Tamil Nadu. 

Watch | What does Senthilbalaji’s arrest mean for the Stalin-led Tamil Nadu government? 
| Video Credit: Thamodharan Bharath
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