June 29, 2023
Governor Ravi has ordered the removal of Senthil Balaji from the Tamil Nadu Cabinet
There are criminal cases against Senthil Balaji. Therefore, he has said that his continuation in the cabinet will have a major impact on the rule of law.
In a notification issued by the Governor’s House in this regard:-
Minister Thiru V. Senthil Balaji is facing serious criminal proceedings in a number of cases of corruption including taking cash for jobs and money laundering. Abusing his position as a Minister, he has been influencing the investigation and obstructing the due process of law and justice.
Currently he is in judicial custody in a criminal case being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate. Some more criminal cases against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code are being investigated by the State Police.
There are reasonable apprehensions that continuation of Thiru V. Senthil Balaji in the Council of Ministers will adversely impact the due process of law including fair investigation that may eventually lead to breakdown of the Constitutional machinery in the State. Under these circumstances, Hon’ble Governor has dismissed Thiru V.Senthil Balaji from the Council of Ministers with immediate effect.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister M.K.Stalin has condemned the announcement made by the Governor’s House to remove Senthil Balaji from the cabinet.