Ex AP CM Chandrababu Naidu held in Rs 550 cr Skill Development Corporation fraud case: AP police

Amaravati: Naidu appeals to people and party cadre to exercise restraint, says truth and dharma will triumph

BY | Saturday, 9 September, 2023

TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu was arrested in connection with an alleged Rs 550 crore fraud case involving misappropriation of funds from Skill Development Corporation, AP CID Chief N Sanjay said on Saturday.

Addressing reporters after Naidu’s arrest, the police official said the investigation implicated Naidu and TDP as beneficiaries of misappropriation of funds.

“The principal conspirator behind the entire scheme and who orchestrated the transfer of the public funds from government to private entities via shell companies has taken place with the act of leadership of Shri Nara Chandrababu Naidu,” he said.

He possesses the exclusive knowledge of transactions leading to the issuing of government orders and MoUs from time to time which makes him the central figure of the investigation, he added.

Naidu was arrested in an early morning police operation here, which involved officers knocking on the door of the caravan in which he was sleeping.

The former CM was arrested by the CID around 6 am from a marriage hall (outside which his caravan was parked) at Gnanapuram in Nandyal town, police said.

Hours after his arrest, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said he was prepared to sacrifice his life to safeguard the interests of Telugu people, and no force can stop him.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), the former Andhra Pradesh CM said, “For the past 45 years, I have selflessly served Telugu people. I am prepared to sacrifice my life to safeguard the interests of Telugu people. No force on earth can stop me from serving Telugu people, my #AndhraPradesh and my motherland.”

During his arrest, he appealed to people and party cadre to exercise restraint.

“Finally, truth and dharma will triumph. Whatever they do to me, I will march forward for the people,” he said.

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