ED raids at TN electricity minister V Senthil Balaji and his brother
On Tuesday the Enforcement Directorate (ED) sleuths conducted raids at the residences of Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister V Senthil Balaji and his brother Ashok at Karur, his hometown in connection with the money laundering probe.
Senthil Balaji is a DMK leader who had switched to the party from the AIADMK. The Minister is in-charge of electricity as well as Prohibition and Excise.
The Income-Tax department had conducted marathon raids in the month of May at the residences of Senthil Balaji and his associates. The I-T officials were “manhandled and physically assaulted” leading to the arrest of several people closely connected to his brother Ashok.
The department had conducted raids at the residences and offices of several persons who are reportedly close to the minister including some contractors.
The DMK had accused the Central government of using agencies like the Income Tax Department to “avenge” opposition leaders. DMK organizing secretary R S Bharathi alleged that the Central government was acting against the party leaders as it was unable to “digest the popularity of the DMK and its leaders in Tamil Nadu”.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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