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In the case of Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu Arrested in ₹371 Crore Corruption Case

Naidu’s Arrest Raises Eyebrows Ahead of State Elections

Recently, N Chandrababu Naidu, the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, has been arrested in connection with a ₹371 crore corruption case. This arrest holds critical implications, coming just months before the state elections. Notably, other prominent leaders from his party, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), are also entangled in the alleged scandal concerning the Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation, which was established during Naidu’s party’s tenure.

CID Investigation Raises Questions About Naidu’s Son

The case, currently under investigation by the CID, also raises questions about the involvement of Naidu’s son and TDP general secretary, Nara Lokesh.

Embezzlement of Funds for Skill Development

The alleged misappropriation involves funds intended for the skill development of unemployed youth in Andhra Pradesh.

Political Rivalry Intensifies

In the midst of these developments, the ruling YSR Congress Party, led by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, has restrained its members from celebrating Naidu’s arrest. This move is seen as an attempt to maintain a higher moral ground, as the party strives to secure victory in the upcoming elections.

Chief Minister Reddy’s Absence

Significantly, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was in London when Naidu was apprehended.

Allegations of Political Vendetta

Pawan Kalyan, president of the Janasena party and a BJP ally in Andhra Pradesh, has accused Chief Minister Reddy of using legal means to tarnish political opponents and unjustly imprison them, alluding to his own prior incarceration.

Naidu’s Legal Battles Begin

Following his arrest, N Chandrababu Naidu has been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days. An ACB Court in Amravati has directed special accommodations for the 73-year-old politician due to purported security concerns.

Legal Proceedings and Pleas

The court proceedings began swiftly, with arguments and counter-arguments. Naidu’s legal team sought house arrest or a special cell with enhanced facilities. The court granted provisions for home-cooked food, medicines, and a special cell.

High Court Appeal Expected

Naidu is expected to appeal against his judicial remand in the state High Court.

State-Wide Bandh Announced

In response to Naidu’s arrest, the TDP has declared a state-wide bandh in Andhra Pradesh, leading to prohibitory orders being enforced.

Lokesh’s Emotional Plea

Nara Lokesh, Naidu’s son, took to social media to express on his anguish, claiming his father’s unjust incarceration and rallying for support from Telugu people worldwide.

Legal Arguments Unsuccessful

Naidu’s legal defense argued that as the Chief Minister at the time of the alleged offenses, only the Governor of Andhra Pradesh could have sanctioned the investigation.However, this argument was dismissed by the court.

Charges and CID’s Statement

Naidu’s counsel also contended that charges of criminal conspiracy and breach of trust were unfounded. The Andhra Pradesh Police’s Crime Investigation Department stated that Naidu was uncooperative during interrogation, often responding vaguely or claiming memory lapses.

Naidu Alleged as the “Prime Conspirator”

Ultimately, N Chandrababu Naidu has been labeled as the “prime conspirator and beneficiary” of the alleged scam.

This sudden rise in situation has ignited a political firestorm in Andhra Pradesh, setting the stage for intense legal battles and further polarization in the run-up to the elections.”

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