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Naidu case: CBI collects documents

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CBI Joint Director V.V. Lakshmi Narayana collected from the A.P. High Court on Friday the voluminous documents submitted by Y.S. Vijayamma, MLA, in connection with the petition she filed seeking a probe against former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and his associates for various irregularities allegedly committed by them.

Ms. Vijayamma, in her petition, had alleged that Mr. Naidu had committed offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Prevention of Money Laundering Act, A.P. Land Grabbing Act and the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act.

In a brief chat with reporters, Mr. Lakshmi Narayana said that a preliminary inquiry would be registered and the investigation completed in three months in accordance with the court order. The High Court, while admitting the petition on November 14, had directed the CBI, the Enforcement Directorate and the Securities and Exchange Board of India to probe the allegations and submit a report within three months in a sealed cover.

Declines stay

The Supreme Court declined to stay High Court's interim order directing the CBI to investigate.

While dismissing three Special Leave Petitions filed by TDP leader C.M. Ramesh and MP, N. Nageswara Rao, the apex court, however, gave them liberty to file applications for vacating the interim order in the High Court.

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