Imprisoned Tamil Nadu Minister Senthil Balaji resigns

Tamil Nadu minister Senthil Balaji, who was arrested 8 months ago by the Enforcement Directorate in the money-for-job scam case, has resigned from his ministerial post.

Balaji, who has lost his ministerial portfolios due to arrest and illness, is awaiting the acceptance of his resignation order.

The minister resigned days after the Madras High Court reserved the bail petition. The relief petition was proved futile in recent arguments.

In an earlier hearing, the Madras High Court had questioned how Senthil Balaji, who has been in jail for more than 230 days, could continue as a minister. The court held that the continuation of the ministerial position was not a proper course of action.

Senthil Balaji, who was the transport minister between 2011 and 2015 when Jayalalitha was chief minister, is facing an investigation by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the job money scam case.

The Supreme Court had issued a notice to the Enforcement Directorate challenging the Madras High Court decision which had upheld Senthil Balaji’s arrest. Balaji was dismissed from the cabinet by Governor RN Ravi after his arrest on June 14 last year. He took back his decision after a few days.

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