Amaravati: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu and former minister P Narayana got a temporary relief on Friday when Andhra Pradesh High Court stayed Crime Investigation Department (CID) investigation against the two leaders in the 'Amaravati Land Scam' for four weeks.
Senior Supreme Court advocate Sidharth Luthra argued for Naidu, while former advocate general Dammalapati Srinivas argued for Narayana. They told the court that the CID cases were politically motivated.
Former chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu and the former municipal minister P Narayana have been asked to appear before the AP Crime Investigation Department (CID) in Vijayawada on March 23.The duo has been summoned in connection with their role in the alleged insider trading in Amaravati land scam.
The CID served them notices in Hyderabad and asking them to appear before the CID regional office in Vijayawada. Naidu and Narayana have been accused of indulging in insider trading in the land parcels at Amaravati. CID officials said that both Naidu and Narayana were also booked under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. So far, the CID has registered close to 20 cases against TDP leaders and real estate developers alleging that they were involved in insider trading.
One of the major charges against Naidu pertains to the alienation of assigned lands, which form part of the aggregated 25,000-30,000 acres. The investigation has revealed that approximately 500 acres of assigned land had been purchased by different persons after the announcement of the capital city.
On March 12 the FIR was filed against the duo different sections of Indian Penal Code. Later, they were also booked under section 166 (Public servant disobeying law, with intent to cause injury to any person), 217 (Public servant disobeying direction of law with intent to save a person from punishment or property from forfeiture) and 120B (Punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (Indian Penal Code), read with Sections 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), and 37 (Co-operation by doing one of several acts constituting an offence) of the IPC, as well as relevant sections of the SC/ST Act and section 7 of Andhra Pradesh Assigned Lands (Prohibition of Transfers) Act, 1977.