Hours after he was sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment by a special court here in a two-decades old riot case, Tamil Nadu Minister P Balakrishna Reddy on Monday resigned from the K Palaniswami-Cabinet.
The case related to a protest against illicit liquor at Hosur in 1998.
Reddy submitted his resignation to Chief Minister K Palaniswami who forwarded it to Governor Banwarilal Purohit who has accepted it.
His portfolio of Youth Welfare and Sports Development has been handed over to School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan.
"..Governor of Tamil Nadu has accepted the resignation of P Balakrishna Reddy, from the Council of Ministers," a Raj Bhavan release said on Monday night.
"Based on the recommendation of the Chief Minister, the Portfolio of Youth Welfare and Sports Development has been allocated to K A Sengottaiyan, Minister for School Education who shall be re-designated as Minister for School Education, Youth Welfare and Sports Development," the release said.