SC dismisses appeal against Chandrababu Naidu in graft case

In a major relief to former Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu, the SC has upheld the state`s High Court`s judgement that the complaint filed against him and other leaders in a corruption case was "politically motivated."

Last Updated: Jul 14, 2010, 21:33 PM IST

New Delhi: In a major relief to former
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the Supreme
Court has upheld the state`s High Court`s judgement that the
complaint filed against him and other leaders in a corruption
case was "politically motivated."

A Bench of Justices Markandeya Katju and T S Thakur in an
order dismissed the Special Leave Petition filed by the
complainant and former state Congress legal cell chief
Naguluri Krishna Kumar Goud challenging the High Court`s order

A special Anti-Corrution Bureau (ACB) court had ordered
investigations against Naidu and several TDP leaders in 2003
on Gowd`s complaint that Rs 500 crore loss was caused to the
state exchequer by Naidu, the then Chief Minister, and other
TDP leaders by awarding excise contracts on extraneous
considerations.

In the complaint, Goud had accused Naidu, the then Excise
Minister Tummala Nageswhar Rao and 69 others of committing
irregularities in allotment of liquor licences and causing a
loss of about Rs 500 crore to the state exchequer.

The TDP leaders had challenged the special court`s
direction and the AP High Court struck down the complaint
after admitting the arguments by TDP counsel that the case was
politically motivated.

Gowd then filed a SLP in the apex court which dismissed
the appeal by holding that there was nothing wrong in the
findings of the High Court.

PTI