Relief to Naidu as Andhra HC stalls CBI, ED probe
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 20:35
  
Hyderabad: In a relief to TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Tuesday directed the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate to put on hold their preliminary investigation ordered against him over alleged disproportionate assets.

A division bench comprising justices G Rohini and Asutosh Mohanto kept in abeyance the order earlier passed by the previous division bench's order to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the allegations levelled by Pulivendula MLA YS Vijayamma, the widow of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, against Naidu and others for amassing allegedly disproportionate assets.

The court, which proposed to hear all the parties uninterruptedly, posted the matter for further hearing tomorrow.

Justice Rohini said voluminous material has been placed by both the parties in the writ petition and all of them required to be heard extensively.

"In the meanwhile, it is necessary that the respondents in the petition shall not suffer any prejudice. They cannot be expected to appear before the court as well as the CBI authorities simultaneously," she said.

On November 14, the High Court had ordered a preliminary probe by the CBI into Naidu's assets while admitting the petition filed by Vijayamma.

Pulivendula MLA Vijayamma, had accused Naidu of doling out several favours to select corporate houses, including Dr Reddy's Laboratories and Reliance, in a quid pro quo mode.

The High Court had directed the CBI, ED and SEBI to complete the investigation and submit reports independently within three months.

On November 25, some of the respondents to Vijayamma's petition had approached the Supreme Court requesting it to quash the High Court order as they were not given opportunity to voice their views.

However, the apex court refused to interfere with the AP High Court orders and advised them to approach the High Court to file their objections.

Interestingly, three High Court judges, including Chief Justice Madan B Lokur, have recused themselves from the case.

While arguing for Vijayamma, senior advocate Susheel Kumar said Justice Rohini had heard three different cases where verdicts were given in favour of Naidu.

He had informed the court that his client had filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Monday seeking transfer of the case to the apex court or a High Court in any other state, as she had suspicions of legal bias here.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 20:35


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