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FIBERNET SCAM CASE: SC asks AP govt not to arrest Naidu till Oct 17

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PNS | Vijayawada

The Apex Court on Friday asked the Andhra Pradesh government not to arrest TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu in connection with the alleged Fibernet scam case. A bench of Justices Aniruddha Bose and Bela Trivedi issued notice and sought a response from the State government on Naidu’s plea filed against a decision of the Andhra Pradesh High Court refusing to grant him anticipatory bail.

The bench listed the matter for further hearing on October 17 and orally asked the investigative agency to not arrest the TDP chief in the meantime. Senior advocate Sidharth Luthra, appearing for Naidu, apprehended that former CM is very likely to be arrested on Monday before the apex court could take up the special leave petition seeking anticipatory bail in this case for further hearing on Tuesday. At this, the top court asked senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared for the state government, to hold the arrest of the petitioner till the next date of listing.

Rohtagi assured that he will seek deferment of proceedings coming before the trial court till Wednesday. Earlier on Monday, a bench of Justice Suresh Reddy of the High Court had dismissed Naidu’s three pleas seeking anticipatory bail in different cases. He has been accused of playing a ‘key role’ and pressuring officials to favour a particular company in awarding the FiberNet contract in Andhra Pradesh.

Naidu remains in judicial custody in the alleged multi-crore skill development scam case in which the CID arrested him last month. He is currently lodged in the Rajahmundry Central Jail.

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