Jailed Tamil Nadu Minister Senthil Balaji, who is under the custody of Enforcement Directorate (ED), has been hospitalised in Chennai again. He has been under ED's custody since June this year and has been reeling under a legal trouble amidst his battle to win a bail. While his bail plea is under the court's hearing, Senthil Balaji had again complained of health discomforts after which he was taken to a hospital.
Senthil Balaji has been serving incarceration in Puzhal central prison after ED took him into custody in a cash-for-job scam in June this year. On Wednesday - November 15, Senthil Balaji complained of health discomfort and back and neck pain and numbness in the leg. He was rushed to the Stanley Government Hospital in the city and later referred to the Omandurar Multi-Super Specialty Hospital.
After getting admitted at the Omandurar hospital, a team of doctors, including cardiologists, examined him and he went through a slew of tests. It is pertinent to note that Senthil Balaji had, after ED took him into custody, undergone bypass surgery at Kauvery Hospital on June 21 and following his discharge from the hospital, he was taken to Puzhal prison.
Now, he has again complained of health discomforts and he underwent a series of tests. Though the ECHO and ECG didn't indicate any major variations, Senthil Balaji has been advised to undergo an angiogram. He has been hospitalized amidst a heavy security deployment and it has been reported that he will be in hospital for a few days althouhg it isn't clear whether the DMK will seek court's directive to shift him to a private hospital like how it did last time.
Senthil Balaji had a history of cardiac issues and it was his second hospitalization following the bypass surgery as in October 2023, he was taken to Stanley Hospital following a health setback. As he has been advised to go through angiogram now, his course of hospitalization will be decided based on the angiogram report. Senthil Balaji's health condition has been a paramount argument from his legal team to get him a bail but the ED has been denying him a bail citing a possibility of tampering evidence as he is still a minister and he is brother Ashok, who is one of the accused, is yet to brought into custody.