Supreme Court Denies Bail to Tamil Nadu Minister V Senthil Balaji in Cash-for-Jobs Scam: Health Grounds Rejected

The Supreme Court has said no to the request for bail made by Tamil Nadu minister V Senthil Balaji, who is currently behind bars in connection with the cash-for-jobs scam, citing health reasons. The court, led by Justices Bela M. Trivedi and Satish Chandra Sharma, remarked during the hearing that Balaji’s illness “can be cured even with medicines.”

In a blow to Balaji, who is a leader of the DMK party, the Supreme Court declined to grant him bail on health grounds. The court expressed the opinion that Balaji’s health condition didn’t appear to be very serious, suggesting that he could seek regular bail before the trial court.

In response to the court’s stance, Balaji’s counsel decided to withdraw the bail plea from the Supreme Court. This development follows the arrest of the minister by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case earlier this year.

The legal setback continued for Balaji as the Chennai Principal Sessions Court also dismissed his bail petition. The court’s decision adds to the challenges faced by the minister since his arrest by the ED in June.

In an interesting turn, the Supreme Court, noting that they had checked Google, stated that the medical condition of V Senthil Balaji did not seem to be serious enough to warrant medical bail. This, ultimately, led to the court’s decision to refuse medical bail to the Tamil Nadu Minister.


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