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Senthilbalaji’s wife files Habeas Corpus plea in Madras HC


 The Madras High Court on Wednesday

agreed for an urgent hearing on a habeas corpus petition filed by

the wife of Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister V.Senthilbalaji, who was

arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with

a money laundering case early this morning.

The petition was filed by DMK Rajya Sabha MP and the Minister’s

Counsel N.R.Elango on behalf of Mr Balaji’s wife.

In her petition, she accused the ED of having arrested her husband

without following due procedures.

Mr Elango made a mention before a Bench that due procedures were

not followed by the ED while arresting the Minister and that his family

members were not informed on what grounds he was arrested and

prayed for an urgent hearing.

The petition will be heard by the two member Bench comprising

Justices M.Sundar and R. Sakthivel, who accepted Mr Elango’s

plea that the arrest intimation was not furnished and the guidelines

issued by the Supreme Court with respect to the authority of the

investigating officers to resort to arrest had not been followed

in the Minister’s case.

The Judges said they would take up the case after it was numbered

by the Registry and asked the Senior Counsel to get back to the court

after getting the petition numbered.

However, a couple of hours later, one of the Judges R.Sakthivel

recused himself from the case, following which the Habeas corpus

plea will be listed before another Bench later today and taken up for


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