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Hearing in Naidu’s quash plea adjourned to Oct 13

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PNS | Vijayawada

The two bench judges postponed the hearing in the Supreme Court on the quash petition filed by TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu in the Skill Development Corporation scam case to Friday (October 13) afternoon. Senior Supreme Court advocate Harish Salve on behalf of Chandrababu Naidu and Mukul Rohatgi on behalf of CID presented their arguments.

Harish Salve argued on behalf of Chandrababu saying that the investigating agency violated the 17A section while arresting Naidu. In return, Rohatgi said that 17 A is not for protecting corrupt people but to protect honest people and said that 17 A does not apply to Chandrababu.

He further said that the investigation was stalled before 2018 however a memo was filed in May 2018 with adequate details and said that all the documents related to the memo are before the bench.  A 400-page bundle was placed before the High Court bench during the arguments and produced all necessary documents before the court on the same day.

Though Chandrababu was included in the FIR after the 2018 legislative amendment, it should not be considered as an act of political revenge. After sufficient evidence against Naidu, a case was registered in 2021 and the investigation should be considered as ongoing, said Rohatgi.

After a lengthy argument, the judges said that the arguments will be heard in the next hearing. It was sad that Harish Salve will attend the next hearing virtually.

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