TN Minister Senthilbalaji’s remand extended till Aug 28

Chennai, Aug 25 (UNI) A Special Court trying cases against elected MPs and MLAs on Friday extended by three days till August 28, the judicial remand of Tamil Nadu Minister V.Senthilbalaji, who was arrested in a money laundering case.

Mr Senthilbalaji, who was arrested on June 14 by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the cash for jobs scam, was produced before Special Court Judge Mr Sivakumar through video conferencing from Puzhal Central Prison.

The judge extended his judicial custody till August 28 and directed the jail authorities to produce him physically on August 28 for further proceedings.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had allowed the ED to take Senthilbalaji into custody for interrogation.

After obtaining the necessary orders from Principal Sessions Judge Ms.S.Alli based on the Apex Court order, Mr Senthilbalaji was questioned for five days from August 8 to 12.

Though the judicial remand expired on August eight, the PSJ Court granted five days’ ED custody of Mr Senthilbalaji following the Supreme Court order.

After the ED custody had ended on August 12, the Minister without portfolio, was produced before the Principal Sessions Judge who had extended his judicial remand till today after the ED produced a medical report about the health condition of Mr Senthilbalaji, who had underwent a coronary bypass surgery a week after his arrest at a private hospital following a Madras High Court order on a

Habeas Corpus petition filed by his wife S.Megala.

On that day, the ED filed a chargesheet running to 3,000 pages in which only Mr Senthilbalaji was included.

The ED also submitted documents and material and other evidences pertaining to the case in a sealed huge iron box before the court.

After the perusal of the documents, the PSJ Court transferred the case to the Special Court for MP/MLAs.

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