No respite for Chandrababu Naidu as AP High Court dismisses his bail pleas in 3 cases

Naidu, arrested in the Skill Development scam, sought anticipatory bail in Amaravati Inner Ring Road, Fibernet, and Angallu violence cases.

BySouth First Desk

Published Oct 09, 2023 | 12:39 PMUpdatedOct 09, 2023 | 12:39 PM

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The High Court of Andhra Pradesh on Monday, 9 October, turned down all petitions by former chief minister and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu seeking anticipatory bail in Amaravati Inner Ring Road, Fibernet, and Angallu violence cases. 

The court, which heard the arguments of both the prosecution and the defence lawyers earlier, had reserved the orders for Monday. 

The Crime Investigation Department (CID), which is probing the Inner Ring Road (IRR) case, mentioned the names of Naidu and former Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana along with other private individuals and companies. 

Naidu and Narayana’s names were included in the case as they played a key role in designing the master plan, and tried to make changes to the alignment of the IRR. 

Related: ACB court extends judicial remand of Chandrababu Naidu by 14 days

The complaint

Based on a complaint by YSRCP MLA A Ramakrishna Reddy, the CID registered the case against them in 2022 for allegedly committing illegal activities regarding Amaravati, the capital city, while in power between 2014 and 2019. 

Reddy alleged that the then ruling party leaders including Naidu, Narayana, and others designed the master plan for the Andhra Pradesh capital and alignment of the IRR along with connecting arterial roads to cause wrongful gain to some select persons and companies. It caused loss to the government exchequer, he alleged. 

The case was booked under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and also under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. 

It was alleged that Naidu, who was also the ex-officio Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA), and others alienated assigned lands in the capital area. 

Related: SC seeks documents placed before AP High Court

Background

On Thursday, 5 October, the ACB court extended the judicial remand of Naidu till 19 October

The CID arrested Naidu on 9 September in the alleged ₹371-crore skill development corruption case, which also sparked statewide protests by TDP workers.

A few days ago, the CID filed a memo in the ACB court informing that Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh has been arraigned as the 14th accused in the case. The CID also issued a notice to Lokesh when he was in New Delhi. 

Naidu, now in judicial remand, is lodged at the central prison in Rajamahendravaram. 

In the Fibrenet scam, the prosecution argued that Naidu’s role surfaced during a detailed probe. 

The Angallu violence case was registered after Naidu visited Annamaiah district in Andhra Pradesh in August 2023. As many as 179 people, including Naidu, have been booked in the case. 

On 3 October, the Supreme Court directed the Andhra Pradesh government to file a compilation of all the documents/material presented before the state high court.

The bench refused to interfere with the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Court hearing on 4 October relating to Naidu’s bail plea and the custody plea by the state CID. The court also did not grant any relief as requested by Naidu’s lawyers.