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Business News/ News / World/  Tamil Nadu guv Ravi put order dismissing Senthil Balaji's in abeyance as Amit Shah advised to seek ‘legal opinion’
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Tamil Nadu guv Ravi put order dismissing Senthil Balaji's in abeyance as Amit Shah advised to seek ‘legal opinion’

Tamil Nadu Governor R N Ravi initially dismissed Minister V Senthil Balaji but later suspended the order following a request from Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The DMK is considering legal options in response to the governor's move.

Tamil Nadu governor R N Ravi did not agree for V Senthil Balaji to continue in the cabinet “as he is facing criminal proceedings for moral turpitude”, said a statement from the Raj Bhavan on Friday (HT_PRINT)Premium
Tamil Nadu governor R N Ravi did not agree for V Senthil Balaji to continue in the cabinet “as he is facing criminal proceedings for moral turpitude”, said a statement from the Raj Bhavan on Friday (HT_PRINT)

Tamil Nadu Governor R N Ravi on Thursday initially dismissed Minister V Senthil Balaji from the cabinet, who had been arrested, but later suspended the order following a request from Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

 Shah suggested seeking the opinion of the attorney general, deeming it a prudent step. In a letter to Chief Minister M K Stalin, Ravi stated that the order would be held in abeyance until further communication from him. 

In a letter to chief minister M K Stalin on Thursday, Ravi said Shah advised him that it “would be prudent" to also seek the opinion. “Accordingly, I am approaching the Attorney General for his opinion. Meanwhile, the order of dismissal of the minister...Balaji may be kept in abeyance until further communication from me," said Ravi in the letter, a reported by Hindustan Times.

Meanwhile, the DMK is weighing all the options and legal factors related to Governor RN Ravi's later backtracked move to dismiss Minister V Senthil Balaji from the Cabinet, sources said on Friday.

"The Governor has backtracked and he has been exposed thoroughly," an office-bearer told PTI adding all the political maneuvering of the BJP to target the DMK has been backfiring in Tamil Nadu.

Sources said there was no need 'immediately' to look into legal aspects or consider anything else (such as the possibility of political interests over the dismissal and a counter-strategy to frustrate it), as the dismissal was now on hold.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin said that the state government would challenge the governor's decision legally. Speaking to reporters, Stalin said, “Governor doesn't have the right (to dismiss a sitting minister) and we will face this legally."

Federal agency Enforcement Directorate on June 14 arrested Balaji over money laundering charges dating back to 2014 when he was transport minister in the previous All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government.

Balaji, who joined the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in 2018, collapsed on the day of his arrest. He later underwent a beating heart coronary artery bypass on June 21 and has been hospitalised since.

 

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Published: 30 Jun 2023, 01:48 PM IST
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