On Monday, a number of TDP leaders demonstrated against the arrest of their leader and former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu in a corruption case around the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Several TDP leaders were either arrested or placed under house arrest during the protests. In retaliation for N Chandrababu Naidu’s imprisonment, the party had earlier called for a bandh throughout the state.
Paritala Sunitha, a former minister, was placed under house arrest in Venkatapuram village by the Sri Sathya Sai District police. She managed to escape police custody, though, and staged a protest in support of N Chandrababu Naidu in the direction of Ramagiri.
Kancharla Srikanth, a party MLC, protested by lying down on the street in the Chittoor district. Several buses from the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) have been stranded at depots since the morning due to the protest.
Some TDP leaders were detained at Tadipatri, in the Anantapur district, for staging a demonstration against N Chandrababu Naidu’s imprisonment.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) detained N Chandrababu Naidu on September 9 in connection with his suspected involvement in the Rs 371 crore Andhra Pradesh skill development scam. A court from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) ordered the TDP leader to be held in custody for 14 days.
The matter is connected to the establishment of the Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC) in 2014, which had the goal of building relationships between educational institutions and businesses like Kia in the Anantapur district and training unemployed youth.
Investigators claimed that N Chandrababu Naidu served as the “principal conspirator” and committed a Rs 371 crore scam by using the APSSDC as the front.
The Andhra Pradesh government collaborated with German engineering company Siemens for the APSSDC project while N Chandrababu Naidu served as chief minister from 2014 to 2019. Six centres of excellence were to be established, according to Siemens.
Even though Siemens had not contributed any money to the project, the state government nonetheless released Rs 371 crore for it.
The relevant IPC sections, including sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing handover of property), and 465 (forgery), were used to arrest the former chief minister. Additionally, the Prevention of Corruption Act was used against him by the Andhra Pradesh CID.
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