Andhra Pradesh High Court adjourns hearing on petitions regarding cases against Chandrababu Naidu

The court adjourned the hearing as SC reserved its verdict on Naidu's petition to quash the FIR issued in the APSSDC scam case.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Oct 18, 2023 | 8:03 PMUpdatedOct 18, 2023 | 8:03 PM

File photo of TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu.

The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday, 18 October, adjourned the next hearing on former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s anticipatory bail application in the Amaravati Inner Ring Road (IRR) case, to 7 November.

The court adjourned the hearing as the Supreme Court reserved its verdict on Naidu’s petition to quash the FIR issued in the ₹371 crore AP State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC) scam case.

The high court also extended the stay on the hearing on the Prisoner Transit Warrant petition seeking custody of Naidu for questioning in the IRR scam in the Ant-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Court in Vijayawada till 7 November.

Related: SC reserves order on Naidu’s plea for quashing of FIR in APSSDC scam

Developments in the ACB Court

Meanwhile, the ACB Court said it would decide on when Naidu should be produced in the court after the Andhra Pradesh Crime Investigation Department (CID) submitted that the Supreme Court has asked the prosecution counsel not to arrest him till Friday after adjourning hearings on the Fibrenet case.

The ACB Court, in the call data records petition, asked the counsels representing Naidu to make specific changes to their petition and file it again. The court asked them to ensure that the contents of the petition were in conformity with legal provisions.

The petition sought the court to direct the CID to furnish the records of call data of its officials before and after arresting Naidu on 9 September. The CID has already argued that the petition was not maintainable in the court.

The ACB Court also adjourned to 20 October its decision on the prisoner transit warrant by the CID for Naidu’s custody in the Fibrenet case.

Related: Naidu was in ‘command role’ when APSSDC scam took place: AP govt

SC hearing

On Tuesday, without granting an interim bail to Naidu in the Fibrenet case, the Supreme Court reserved its order on his plea seeking to quash the FIR against him in the APSSDC scam.

Claiming that the FIR was registered without prior sanction from the state Governor, Naidu challenged it under Section 17A of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act.

Naidu’s plea for interim bail will be taken up on 20 October.

Asking both the parties — Andhra Pradesh government and Naidu — to file their written submissions by 20 October, a Bench comprising Justice Aniruddha Bose and Justice Bela M Trivedi reserved the order upon the conclusion of the arguments.

Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Naidu, insisted that the former chief minister could not have been proceeded against without prior sanction under Section 17A of the PC Act.

The CID arrested Naidu on 9 September over the alleged APSSDC scam and he is currently lodged in the Rajamahendravaram Central Jail.