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Amaravati land scam: Andhra CID summons accused Chandrababu Naidu

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Vijayawada: The former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and one of the accused of the alleged Amaravati land scam, N Chandrababu Naidu, has been sent summon by state Crime Investigation Department (CID) team at his residence in Hyderabad on Monday evening.

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The CID in its notice has asked Naidu to appear in person before the Investigating Officer on March 23 at the CID regional office at Satyanarayana puram in Vijayawada.

“Failure to attend or comply with the terms of the notices, you will be liable for arrest under Section 41  (3) and (4) of CrPC,” the notice read.

The alleged scam involves the aggregation of thousands of acres of land for the proposed capital of the divided state of Andhra Pradesh.

The notice served by investigating officer A Lakshmi Narayana Rao, the Deputy Superintendent of Police of CID, read, “for the effective and better investigation, I deem it fit and necessary to examine you/Accused no 1 in the crime to ascertain facts which are within your exclusive knowledge.”

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Meanwhile, a similar notice was also served to TDP leader and former minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD),Ponguru Narayana Rao, under Section 41 (A) of CrPC.

The CID had filed a First Information Report (FIR) against Chandrababu Naidu based on a complaint lodged by Mangalagiri MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy. The CID registered cases under Sections 166, 167, 217 and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) r/w 34, 35, 36 and 37 of IPC and section 3(1) (f) and (g) of SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989 and Section 3 of Assigned Land Act (POT) 1977.

Alleging to be the ruling party’s hostility towards TDP, the party AP unit president K Atchannaidu said the government is being vindictive against the TDP chief as assigned lands were taken with the consent of the SCs and STs for Amaravati. “How can Mangalagiri MLA Ramakrishna Reddy file a complaint based on SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, when he does not belong to that community? This is nothing but misuse of the Act,” he alleged.

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