Won’t arrest Naidu till Oct 18: AP Police to Apex Court

Chandrababu Naidu

The Andhra Pradesh Police on Friday told the Supreme Court they will not arrest TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu in the FiberNet case till October 18 due to the pendency of the matter related to the Skill Development Corporation scam in the top court.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Andhra Pradesh government, told a bench comprising Justices Aniruddha Bose and Bela M Trivedi that the state will seek adjournment in the matter from the trial court where Naidu is to be produced on October 16.

The trial court issued a production warrant and asked the state police to present Naidu before it on October 16. The bench issued notice to the state government on a fresh plea by Naidu in which the ex- Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister has challenged the October 9 order of the high court which rejected his anticipatory bail plea in the FiberNet case.

Naidu has stated in his petition he apprehended his arrest after production in the court on October 16. The FiberNet case relates to the alleged tender manipulation in allotting a work order under Phase-1 of the AP FiberNet Project involving Rs. 330 crore to a favoured company.

The Criminal Investigation Department of the Andhra Pradesh Police has alleged irregularities in the project right from awarding the tender to completion of the work, causing a huge loss to the state exchequer.