HC stays Investigation against Naidu
- 8 Week reprieve for AP CM
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Hyderabad: Justice Raja Elango of Hyderabad High Court has ordered a stay for eight weeks on Friday on the decision of the ACB special court to re-investigate ‘Note for Vote’ case. The judge was acting on a petition filed on behalf of AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday requesting for a stay. After hearing the counsel for Naidu the judge has ordered a stay and asked the ACB of Telangana to file a counter.
Naidu approached the court seeking squash of the proceedings in a lower court, specially the re-investigation order issued by it. The earlier order was passed by ACB Principal Special Judge after YSRCP MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy filed a petition seeking reopening of the case. There has been no forward movement in the case for almost one and half years. Alla produced in the court a report given by a forensic laboratory in Mumbai which confirmed that the voice on the controversial tape belonged to Naidu.
Naidu, however, pleaded in his petition that Mangalagiri MLA Ramakrishna Reddy had no locus standi in the case. He argued that the incident in which the case was filed occurred during the time of MLC elections and only Election Commission of India has jurisdiction and nobody else. He also submitted that there cannot be proceedings in two courts on the same charges simultaneously. While granting the stay, the judge has asked the ACB special public prosecutor to file a counter stating his argument.
Alla Ramakrishna Reddy told the media persons that he would approach the Supreme Court on Monday with a plea to vacate the stay so that the re-investigation can proceed. He flayed Naidu fit knocking the door of the HC instead of facing the probe. The counsel for the petitioner Sudhakara Reddy said there is no stay on the investigation work of the ACB. The stay was only on the memo issued by the ACB special court, he opined.
– Primepost Bureau