Relief to AP CM Chandrababu Naidu in cash-for-vote case

In a relief to Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the Hyderabad High Court on Friday set aside the order passed by the Special Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Court directing the Telangana ACB to conduct a probe into Naidu’s role in the ‘cash-for-vote’ scam case. Justice T Sunil Chowdary was passing this order in a petition filed by Naidu against the order of the ACB Court.

The ACB court had earlier directed the ACB of Telangana State to probe into the role of other accused in the case based on a complaint by YSR Congress (YSRC) MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy. In September this year, a single judge of the High Court stayed the order of ACB Court when Naidu filed the criminal petition.

Aggrieved by the stay order, the MLA approached the Supreme Court and the latter remanded the matter to the High Court requesting it to dispose off the case within four weeks. Last month, Justice T Sunil Chowdary who had heard senior counsel from Supreme Court Siddhartha Luthtra, appearing for Chandrababu Naidu, P Sudhakar Reddy, counsel for Ramakrishna Reddy, and standing counsel for ACB V Ravi Kiran Rao after receiving the citations (in support of their arguments) from the counsels had reserved his orders in the case. The ACB Counsel told the court that the investigation into the case was still in progress.
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The judge also heard former Congress MP and advocate Undavalli Arun Kumar as an intervener in the case. Today, the judge allowed the petition filed by Naidu by taking into consideration the arguments of his counsel Luthra that there is no need to probe into the role of his client in the case.

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