DMK minister Balaji dismissed by TN governor R N Ravi
A Tamil Nadu Raj Bhavan press release said that Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam minister Senthil Balaji had been using his “position as minister” to influence the investigation
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam minister V Senthil Balaji was dismissed from the Council of Ministers by Tamil Nadu governor R N Ravi on June 29, according to a Raj Bhavan press release.
In an official release, Raj Bhavan said 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.
A few other criminal cases against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act and IPC are being investigated by the state police.
"There are reasonable apprehensions that continuation of 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 Constitutional machinery in the State," the release said.
"Under these circumstances, the Governor has dismissed Senthil Balaji from the Council of Ministers with immediate effect," the release added.
Before his arrest, Balaji was the minister of Electricity, Prohibition and Excise in the Stalin-led DMK state government.