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ACB court rejects CID’s warrants on Naidu


The ACB court in Vijayawada rejected the two warrants filed by the APCID seeking interrogation of TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu in the fibenet and Amaravati inner ring road alignment. As Naidu is on regular bail, there is no need for the interrogation in the two cases, the court said.

The CID had filed the two warrants in the court when Chandrababu Naidu was in Rajamahendravaram central jail. The CID wanted to question Chandrababu Naidu in the two cases before filing the chargesheet.

However, the AP high court had given regular bail to Chandrababu Naidu on November 20. He is on regular bail from November 29 as the interim bail expired on November 28. The court had also permitted him to participate in political meetings, rallies and other programmes.

The CID had alleged that Chandrababu Naidu, his cabinet colleagues P Narayana and Nara Lokesh had changed the alignment of the Amaravati inner ring road in 2015-16 to benefit industrialist Lingamaneni Ramesh.

It is said that Ramesh has over 1500 acres of land that passes through the inner ring road. Considering this, the ministers have changed the road alignment giving exemption to Ramesh and his lands, the CID alleged.

This was done in return to Ramesh giving his guest house on the banks of river Krishna to Chandrababu Naidu for his official residence when he was the chief minister. Chandrababu Naidu continues to live in the same guest house even after defeat in the 2019 general election.

In the fibernet case also, Chandrababu Naidu’s decision had cost Rs 114 crore loss to the exchequer. It was alleged that Chandrababu Naidu manipulated the tender process in the first phase of the project worth Rs 330 crore to the advantage of Terra Soft company, which was blacklisted by the state government.

It was also alleged that Chandrababu Naidu lifted the ban on the Terra Soft company and those officers who opposed this were transferred and those who supported were given prime posts, the CID alleged.

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ACB court permits attachment of Terasoft


The ACB court in Vijayawada authorised the CID officials to attach the properties of Terasoft company in the Fibernet case. The State government had issued orders for the attachment of the Terasoft company properties in the case.

Following this, the CID filed a petition in the court seeking its permission to proceed further. The court, on hearing the arguments, authorised the CID to take possession of the properties of the Terasoft company.

In all, the CID would attach properties worth Rs 114 crore of the Terasoft, headed by Thummala Gopichand, who is accused No 1 in the case. Gopichand’s wife Pawana Devi properties would also be attached in the case.

The CID had proposed attachment of the properties of Gopichand, his wife Pawana Devi, and another accused, Kanumuri Koteswara Rao, who was named as accused 23 in the case. These persons have properties in Guntur and Visakhapatnam, and they would now be attached.

Arguing for the CID, a special public prosecutor told the court that these properties worth Rs 114 crore are to be attached in the case. He also told the court that the court has the powers to attach the properties equal to the worth of the crime.

The court then accepted the argument and authorised the CID to attach the properties.

Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh high court on Tuesday took up the hearing on the liquor scam. The CID had filed the cases against Chandrababu Naidu and then minister Kollu Ravindra alleging that the government had given permissions to the liquor companies to make new brands in violation of the rules.

The state government had lost heavily due to the permission given by the government, the CID alleged.

Advocate Nagamuthu, arguing for Chandrababu Naidu and Ravindra told the court that the then opposition party (YSR Congress) did not oppose liquor permissions when the state government granted them. He also told the court that the government took the privilege fee also as per the norms. He told the court that the case was purely political and has no base in it.

The court posted the case for Wednesday. The CID would present its arguments on the day.

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