December 4, 2023

The Madras Excessive Courtroom on Tuesday delivered a cut up verdict on a habeas corpus petition (HCP) filed by the spouse of Minister V. Senthilbalaji who was arrested by the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) on June 14, 2023, in a cash laundering case and stays in a personal hospital now, below judicial custody.

Whereas Justice J. Nisha Banu declared the Minister’s arrest to be unlawful and ordered him to be set at liberty forthwith, Justice D. Bharatha Chakravarthy differed with the view taken by the senior choose within the Division Bench. Due to this fact, the case will now be heard by a 3rd choose, who will probably be named by Chief Justice S.V. Gangapurwala.

The habeas corpus petition (HCP) had evoked nice nervousness over the destiny of the arrested Minister. The HCP was filed by the Minister’s spouse and had questioned the arrest itself, contending that the ED had didn’t comply with the procedures on the time of the arrest and due to this fact, the arrest have to be declared unlawful and her husband have to be set at liberty.

However, the ED had argued that the arrest was completely authorized. Passing interim orders within the case on June 15, the 2 judges had ordered the switch of the arrested Minister from a authorities hospital to a personal hospital the place he underwent an open coronary heart surgical procedure to take away blocks in his coronary arteries.

As of July 4, 2023, the Minister continues to be on the personal hospital in Chennai however below judicial custody. Within the meantime, the appeals most well-liked by the ED towards the interim orders of the Excessive Courtroom have additionally been listed for listening to earlier than the Supreme Courtroom on Tuesday, July 4, 2023.