Andhra Pradesh attaches residence of ex-CM Chandrababu Naidu on Krishna river front near Vijayawada

The Investigation Officer of the CID attached the property following the clearance from the Home Department in the form of a GO on 12 May.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published May 14, 2023 | 4:20 PMUpdatedMay 14, 2023 | 4:21 PM

Chandrababu Naidu

In what is being seen as a setback to Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the YSRCP government has attached his residence on the Krishna riverfront in Undavalli in Tadepalli mandal in the Guntur district.

According to reliable sources, the Investigation Officer (IO) of the CID intimated the court of the Special Judge for Special Police Establishment (SPE) and Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) cases.

The IO then attached the property following the clearance from the Home Department in the form of a GO on 12 May.

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CID ADGP sought attachment of property

The government issued the GO after the Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) of the CID sought the attachment of the property under the provisions of the Criminal Law Amendment Ordinance, 1944, for preventing its disposal or concealment of the ill-gotten wealth procured by committing offences under Prevention of the Corruption Act, 1988.

The ADGP also sought the government to authorise the investigation officer to file the same before the Court of Special Judges for SPE and ACB cases.

The CID ADGP also alleged that the house of Lingamaneni Ramesh (which has been attached now) at Karakatta Road, Undavalli in Tadepalli mandal in Guntur district was kept at the disposal of Chandrababu Naidu on a free-of-cost basis as an illegal gratification in lieu of the gains which accrued to the Lingamanenis form the master plan for the capital city and IRR alignment.

The ADGP in his letter to the government stated that based on the complaint given by Alla Ramakrishna Reddy, MLA (Mangalagiri) a case was registered in 2022 (Cr No: 16/2022) under various sections of IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 against Chandrababu Naidu (A1) and P Narayana (A2).

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‘Took advantage of  power’

The charges against Chandrababu Naidu and Narayana were that they had played a key role in connivance with other accused in fixing the boundaries of the capital city and location of the IRR alignment, taking advantage of their position as chairman and the vice-chairman of the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA).

Using the information privy to them about the boundaries of the capital city and the IRR alignment, they gave scope to other accused to purchase lands at a low price at specific locations.

They have also established close access to the educational institutions belonging to Narayana’s family members and relatives.

The CID ADGP said that Chandrababu Naidu and Narayana, the then municipal administration minister along with other accused abused their official position while preparing the master plan for Amavarati and fixing the alignment of IRR, excluded from the acquisition of the lands of Lingamaneni and Heritage companies, which helped their lands appreciate in value.

This had led to a loss to the farmers as well as to the government exchequer, he added.