In a recent development, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in response to a plea filed by Tamil Nadu Minister V Senthil Balaji and his wife. The plea challenges the Madras High Court’s decision to uphold the Minister’s arrest. The matter has been scheduled for hearing on July 26. The case involves allegations of money laundering, and Minister Balaji currently holds his position in the Tamil Nadu cabinet without a portfolio.
Legal Proceedings and Arguments
The bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and justices P S Narasimha and Manoj Misra, presided over the case. The plea was moved by Tamil Nadu Minister Senthil Balaji and his wife Megala. During the hearing, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing the DMK minister and his spouse, emphasized the urgency of the matter. On the other hand, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing on behalf of the anti-money laundering probe agency, opposed the request for urgent hearing, stating that certain facts were misrepresented. The Chief Justice of the High Court is yet to refer the matter to a division bench for further proceedings.
Background of the Case
The case revolves around allegations of money laundering, and it has prompted Minister Balaji and his wife to file two separate petitions in the top court. They seek to challenge the Madras High Court’s decision that upheld the ED’s arrest of the Minister.
The Supreme Court has taken up the matter and will conduct a hearing on July 26 to address the legal challenges put forth by Tamil Nadu Minister V Senthil Balaji and his wife. The case has garnered significant attention, and the outcome of the hearing will be closely watched.
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