Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s Shocking Arrest: Unraveling the Corruption Scandal

In a recent turn of events, the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and leader of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), N Chandrababu Naidu, found himself in a perplexing situation. On a fateful Saturday, he was apprehended by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on allegations related to corruption within the skill development scam case. Adding an intriguing twist to this tale, the CID also took into custody TDP MLA and former minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, along with his son, Ganta Raviteja. Following Naidu’s unexpected arrest, party MP Kesineni Srinivas drafted a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urgently seeking his attention on Naidu’s predicament, which he deemed “unlawful.” In his letter, Srinivas expressed grave concerns about the manner in which the former Chief Minister was apprehended. Not stopping there, Srinivas also dispatched letters to President Droupadi Murmu and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, urging their intervention in this complex case. In a candid conversation with journalists mere hours after his arrest, Chandrababu Naidu staunchly maintained his innocence. “I beseech both the citizens and party supporters to bear witness that I have not transgressed today,” he proclaimed. He expressed bewilderment over the events leading to his arrest, recounting that officials had descended upon him without furnishing any tangible evidence. “I inquired about the grounds for my detention and demanded a substantiation of their claims. However, they have now presented an FIR that conspicuously lacks any reference to my involvement or any pertinent details. This is a deeply disheartening and unjust turn of events,” Naidu articulated.

Taking to his official social media platform, Naidu articulated, “For an unbroken span of 45 years, I have been an unwavering servant of the Telugu populace. I stand ready to stake my life for the safeguarding of Telugu interests. No force, irrespective of its magnitude, shall impede my dedication to the Telugu cause.” It is noteworthy that a First Information Report (FIR) concerning this case was formally lodged in the year 2021.

Chandrababu Naidu finds himself in the unenviable position of being labeled as the primary accused in the Andhra Pradesh skill development scam case, which revolves around an astonishing sum of over Rs 371 crore. He is alleged to have orchestrated this elaborate scheme under the auspices of the Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC), purportedly aimed at providing vocational training to the state’s unemployed youth.

Even as Naidu’s legal team pored over the details of the FIR, they raised a valid demand for prima facie evidence, emphasizing that their client’s name was conspicuously absent from the FIR report. In response, law enforcement officials provided reassurance, pledging to furnish all pertinent details in the impending remand report within a 24-hour timeframe. According to the available information, Chandrababu Naidu was slated to be transferred to Nandyal Hospital for a comprehensive medical examination, although this plan was scuttled when he declined to comply, prompting authorities to conduct the check-up at a designated facility.

The former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh is now scheduled to make an appearance before a specialized court in Vijayawada later this Saturday evening, as confirmed by CID’s Additional Director General, N Sanjay.

This dramatic turn of events unfolded when an arrest warrant under Section 50 (1) (2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) was executed during the early hours of Saturday. Remarkably, this development occurred while the former Chief Minister was ensconced in his vanity van, having just concluded a public address in the city of Nandyala, Andra Pradesh.

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