Andhra Court Denies TDP Chief’s Request for House Arrest, Suggests C.Naidu is Safer in Jail
13 September, 2023 | Akshara Tyagi
A local court in Andhra Pradesh has rejected TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu's request for house arrest, asserting that he is more secure in jail.
A local court in Andhra Pradesh has rejected TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu’s request for house arrest, asserting that he is more secure in jail. The court considered the petition submitted by Chandrababu’s representatives seeking house arrest but ruled against it.
Advocate General Ponnavolu Sudhakar Reddy said “The court dismissed the petition for house custody. The court felt that he would be safer in the Rajahmundry Jail. It’s a more secure place for him.”
On Tuesday, the legal cell of the TDP lodged a petition with the Andhra Pradesh High Court to contest the arrest of their party’s leader and former chief minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, by the CID.
In their petition, the TDP’s legal team raised questions about the CID’s use of Section 409 in the FIR. The Andhra Pradesh High Court accepted this petition challenging Naidu’s arrest and instructed the state government to provide its response to the plea through an affidavit. The court has scheduled the hearing for the TDP’s legal cell’s petition for September 13.
TDP general secretary and son of the former Andhra chief minister, Nara Lokesh, on Monday, said “Corruption is not in his father’s blood and the state government is merely trying to malign his image”.
“Corruption is not in Chandrababu’s blood. He is a well-known personality in the country. Jagan (Andhra Pradesh CM) put former CM Chandrababu in jail intentionally, on false charges.
All other political leaders called me up and extended their support to me,” Nara Lokesh told media persons at Rajamundry.
Naidu was placed in judicial custody for 14 days until September 23 by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) court in Vijayawada. He was subsequently transferred to Rajahmundry Central Jail on Monday in connection with a corruption case.
According to the police, Naidu has been assigned accommodation in the upper block of the Sneha Wing within the jail and has been assigned prisoner number 7691. The case revolves around the creation of Centers of Excellence (CoEs) clusters in Andhra Pradesh, with a project value estimated at Rs 3300 crore, as per official statements.
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