The Chennai Court on Wednesday denied bail to jailed Tamil Nadu minister V Senthil Balaji who was arrested in a Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case. Tamil Nadu Minister Balaji was arrested by the ED officials in connection with the cash-for-jobs scam on June 14. Earlier on August 28, the special court for MP/MLAs extended Senthil Balaji’s judicial custody till September 15.
Senthil Balaji, after his arrest, had complained of chest pain and was subsequently taken to a government hospital in Chennai. He was later allowed by the Madras High Court on June 15 to be shifted to a private hospital of his choice and was later taken from the Tamil Nadu government’s Multi Super Speciality Hospital to Kauvery Hospital at Alwarpet.
Doctors treating him had recommended a bypass surgery. Since his second remand period was valid till July 19, Balaji was shifted to prison immediately after his discharge from the hospital. Arrested by the ED in a cash-for-jobs scam case, he was taken from Kauvery Hospital to Puzhal prison.