Tamil Nadu Governor puts on hold minister’s dismissal order

 

CHENNAI:

Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi put on hold the dismissal order of state minister V Senthil Balaji, sources said on Friday. In a late evening communication to the chief minister, the governor said he would consult the attorney general and seek his legal opinion about the move, according to reports.

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“Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi keeps the dismissal order of Minister V Senthil Balaji in abeyance. He will take the advice of the Attorney General on this matter,” sources told ANI late Friday.

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According to reports, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin held a meeting to discuss the ongoing legal tussle between Governor RN Ravi and the state government over Balaji’s dismissal as a minister. The meeting was attended by Law Minister S Regupathy, DMK Rajya Sabha MP and Senior advocate NR Elango and TN Advocate General R Shunmagasundhram and several other leaders at Tamil Nadu Secretariat.

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Earlier, the governor had dismissed Balaji from the Council of Ministers, days after his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate.