Tamil Nadu Minister Senthil Balaji, who was arrested, undergoes bypass surgery; Supreme Court denies stay on High Court order.

Senthil Balaji

Arrested Tamil Nadu Minister Senthil Balaji underwent successful bypass surgery on Wednesday and is in a stable condition, according to the private hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.

The arrest of Minister V Senthil Balaji, who belongs to the DMK party, was related to an alleged cash-for-jobs scam in the transport department, and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) took him into custody. The ED had challenged the Madras High Court’s decision to allow Balaji’s transfer to a private hospital, but the Supreme Court refused to stay the High Court’s order.

After complaining of chest pain, Balaji was initially admitted to a government hospital but was later shifted to a private hospital following a court order. The High Court’s interim order came after Balaji’s wife filed a habeas corpus petition, claiming his arrest was illegal.

Kauvery Hospital, where the surgery took place, issued a medical bulletin stating that the minister underwent a Beating Heart Coronary Artery Bypass surgery. The bulletin, provided by Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, co-founder and executive director of Kauvery Group of Hospitals, mentioned that four bypass grafts were performed and coronary revascularization was successful. Balaji is currently in stable condition and is being closely monitored in the postoperative ICU.

According to a medical bulletin issued by Kauvery Hospital, the Minister underwent Beating Heart Coronary Artery Bypass surgery, during which four bypass grafts were placed to establish coronary revascularization. The bulletin, signed by Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, co-founder and executive director of Kauvery Group of Hospitals, confirmed that Senthil Balaji is currently in a hemodynamically stable condition and is being closely monitored in the postoperative ICU.

Senthil Balaji

Regarding the legal proceedings, the Supreme Court vacation bench, comprising Justice Surya Kant and Justice M M Sundresh, stated that the matter was pending in the High Court and instructed the ED to approach the lower court. The bench clarified that any oral observations made by the Supreme Court would not impact the case, as the High Court’s remarks were made in an interim order. The hearing on the matter was scheduled for July 4.

Meanwhile, the opposition party AIADMK staged protests across the state, demanding Balaji’s expulsion from the cabinet and criticizing the support extended to him by the ruling MK Stalin government. Prominent leaders, including D Jayakumar, S P Velumani, Sellur Raju, C Ve Shanmugam, and P Thangamani, led demonstrations in various cities, such as Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Villupuram, Namakkal, Salem, and Ramanathapuram.

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