The Andhra Pradesh High Court has stayed trial court proceedings against former State Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu until September 18. Naidu had until September 18 to avoid getting apprehended by the State Crime Investigation Department, according to Justice K Sreenivasa Reddy’s order. Naidu’s detention under judicial supervision will not change.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) ruling confining him to 14 days of judicial custody for involvement in the Skill Development program fraud case was the subject of Naidu’s appeal before the court. Naidu argued that he was wrongly accused and contested the CID’s remand report. But Special Judge BSV Himabindu discovered proof that Naidu violated the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Against former CM Chandrababu Naidu, the Andhra Pradesh High Court stayed the case
The investigation into Naidu centers on a fraud scheme that allegedly used false invoices to divert government funds intended for a skill development project into several shell companies that couldn’t provide the needed solutions
Skill Development Program Fraud
Regarding the Andhra Pradesh skill development program fraud, the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday stayed all trial court proceedings against former State Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu until September 18.
The High Court will rehear the case
Moreover, Justice K Sreenivasa Reddy mandated that Naidu wasn’t taken into custody by the State Crime Investigation Department (CID) before September 18. Naidu’s detention under judicial supervision will not change. On the 19th of this month, the High Court will rehear the case.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) ruling
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) ruling confining him to 14 days of judicial detention for his involvement with the Skill Development program fraud case was the subject of Naidu’s appeal before the court, which was listening to his argument.
What is the case?
A fraud scheme that purportedly utilized false invoices to transfer government funds meant for a skill development project into several shell companies, which were incompatible with the supply of solutions, is the focus of the investigation into Naidu.
Timeline of the case
On September 10, he landed in jail and later committed to judicial custody. The remand order in question came about by a special court in Vijayawada that was hearing cases investigated by the ACB.
N Chandrababu Naidu’s plea
In his plea before the special court, Naidu argued that he had been wrongly accused of participating in the case and contested the CID’s remand report against him. Additionally, he asserted that Section 17A of the Prevention of Corruption Act had been flagrantly wrong.
Section 17A addresses the requirement for previous penalties before executing an investigation into the conduct of public employees while performing their official duties. Naidu had additionally argued that the State Governor would serve as the authority for sanctioning because he was the Chief Minister.
However, Special Judge BSV Himabindu found that the evidence on file prima facie supported a case against Naidu for violations of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
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