Jayalalithaa's aide Sheela Balakrishnan quits as Tamil Nadu gov
CHENNAI: Former Chief Secretary Sheela Balakrishnan on Friday quit as adviser to the Tamil Nadu Government, a post to which she was appointed by the then Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in March 2014, after her superannuation from civil services.
In a parallel development, K.N. Venkataramanan and A. Ramalingam, the Secretary I and IV respectively in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), were removed from their posts. Mr. Venkataramanan, a retired civil servant, and Mr, Ramalingam, a serving officer, were also key members of Jayalalithaa’s team of trusted officials.
Sheela Balakrishnan was believed to have played a key role in guiding the State’s administration during the 75 days when Jayalalithaa was in hospital.