Under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Minister Senthil Balaji faced arrest by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption on 14 June of the previous year.
The case, presided over by Justice S Alli, witnessed a response provided yesterday (8 January) by Attorney General E Ramesh Azhagi, acting as the Special Public Prosecutor.
Further proceedings are set to take place today (9 January). The case is slated to be heard again on 12 January.
Earlier Enforcement Directorate (ED) vehemently opposed the bail plea of V Senthil Balaji.
The ED argued that the influential minister, if granted bail, could wield his power to influence the ongoing investigation and intimidate witnesses.
The ED countered Senthil Balaji's claims, asserting that the passage of time and completion of the investigation do not warrant a change in circumstances for a fresh bail petition.
The agency highlighted the minister's alleged role in a cash-for-jobs scam, detailing a conspiracy executed under his authority, involving money laundering and integration of proceeds into the mainstream.
Additionally, the ED disputed Senthil Balaji's incarceration duration, claiming discrepancies in his confinement timeline.
Bhuvan Krishna is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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