Principal Sessions judge S Alli, today (20 September) dismissed minister Senthil Balaji's bail petition.
The court had reserved its orders on his bail plea on 15 September, after hearing arguments by Kapil Sibal and NR Elango, who appeared for Balaji and Additional Solicitor General ARL Sundaresan, who appeared for the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
It also extended his judicial custody till 29 September.
The ED opposed his bail plea saying that he could influence witnesses and tamper with the evidence as he is a minister in the government, who had formerly held portfolios like Transport, Excise and Electricity.
The court also said that the medical issues referred to in the bail petition were not of such nature that they could not be taken care of by doctors at the prison hospital.
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