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Andhra HC rejects Chandrababu Naidu’s bail petitions in scam cases

Andhra HC rejects Chandrababu Naidu’s bail petitions in scam cases

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday dismissed three anticipatory bail petitions filed by former Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu in cases pertaining to the Amaravati Inner Ring Road (IRR) scam, FibreNet scam, and the Angallu violence in Annamayya district.

A bench headed by Justice Suresh Reddy passed the orders.

Naidu is currently in judicial custody in Skill Development Scam while the Crime Investigation Department (CID) is seeking his custody for questioning in the Inner Ring Road and FibreNet case.

On September 26, the Andhra Pradesh High Court had reserved its orders on Naidu’s anticipatory bail petition in the Angallu violence case.

Naidu and other leaders of the opposition TDP were booked for an attempt to murder by the police in connection with the violent incidents that took place in Angallu village on August 4, when the TDP chief was visiting the region to see the status of irrigation projects.

Naidu’s lawyer P. Venkateshwarlu told the court that the case booked against him was false and claimed leaders of the ruling party YSR Congress attacked TDP men during Naidu’s visit. He submitted to the court that NSG commandos protected Naidu during the stone pelting by the ruling party leaders.

Naidu’s counsel also brought to the court’s notice that several persons named accused in the case were already released on bail. Earlier the High Court granted bail to 79 leaders of TDP in the Punganur and Angallu violence cases. Another 30 TDP leaders, including Naidu, have filed anticipatory bail petitions in these two cases.

On August 9, police booked Naidu and other TDP leaders for an attempt to murder, rioting, and criminal conspiracy in connection with the Angallu incidents, and Chandrababu Naidu was named accused number one in the FIR registered at Mudivedu police station.

While addressing the media, Advocate Krishna Murthy said that the High Court opined that in the fibre net scam case, the bail could not be granted as it is in the final stages of the investigation, and rejected the other two regular petitions on technical grounds.

Naidu was arrested by the CID in the alleged ₹371 crore skill development scam case on September 9.

His advocate argued that regular bail could be granted to him in other cases when he is arrested in another case and sent to judicial custody.

However, the court refused to accept the argument. The agencies maintained that his judicial custody in another case cannot be considered as deemed custody in other cases for granting regular bail.

With inputs from IANS

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TAGS:Chandrababu NaiduAndhra PradeshTDPIndia NewsSkill development scamInner Ring Road caseFibreNet scamAngallu violence
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