Chandrababu Bail: As the Andhra Pradesh state assembly elections draw nearer, the Telugu Desam Party President, N Chandrababu Naidu, faces the looming specter of potential arrest amidst the skill development corporation scandal. The Supreme Court recently deferred the hearing of the Andhra Pradesh government’s plea against a high court order granting regular bail to Naidu in the said scam case to February 26.
During the proceedings, Senior Advocate Siddharth Luthra, representing Naidu, conveyed to the bench of Justices Bela M. Trivedi and Pankaj Mithal that Senior Advocate Harish Salve would argue the case, but he was unavailable that day, hence requesting a two-week deferment. Conversely, Senior Advocate Ranjit Kumar and Advocate Mahfooz Ahsan Nazki, representing the Andhra Pradesh government, urged the bench to expedite the appeal hearing.
In a split verdict on January 16, the Supreme Court provided differing interpretations on Naidu’s plea challenging the high court’s refusal to quash the FIR against him in the Skill Development Corporation scam case. While Justice Aniruddha Bose stressed the necessity of prior approval for conducting a probe into the alleged offenses under the PC Act against Naidu, Justice Bela M. Trivedi argued that Section 17A cannot be made applicable retrospectively.
Chandrababu Bail, who was arrested on September 9 the previous year on charges of misappropriating funds from the Skill Development Corporation during his tenure as Chief Minister in 2015, continues to deny the accusations, purportedly causing a loss of Rs 371 crore to the state exchequer.
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