Supreme Court Adjourns Senthilbalaji’s Bail Plea to May 6th

The Supreme Court postponed the hearing on the bail plea of former Tamil Nadu minister V Senthilbalaji, arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case, until May 6th. Justices Abhay S Oka and Ujjal Bhuyan deferred the matter upon the agency’s request due to the unavailability of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. The bench noted that it hadn’t reviewed the ED’s reply and scheduled the next hearing accordingly. Meanwhile, the Madras High Court dismissed Senthilbalaji’s bail plea, citing concerns that granting bail would send the wrong signal and go against public interest. Senthilbalaji, arrested on June 14th last year in connection with a cash-for-jobs scam during his tenure as transport minister, had his bail petition rejected thrice by a local court and once by the high court. Despite spending over eight months in incarceration, the court ordered the trial to proceed on a day-to-day basis, urging the special court to conclude the case promptly.

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