Former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday filed a petition in the AP High Court seeking vacation of orders directing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct preliminary inquiry against him and his family members.

It may be recalled that Y.S. Vijayamma, MLA from Pulivendula, had filed a writ petition levelling serious allegations against Mr. Naidu upon which a Division Bench of the High Court directed the CBI to submit a report in a sealed cover within three months. Mr. Naidu, who is arrayed as a respondent along with 19 others, filed the present petition for vacating the order.

In a lengthy affidavit running into over 30 pages, he claimed that the writ petition filed was not maintainable. (It may be recalled that the CBI has filed a preliminary case against Mr. Naidu).

The Telugu Desam president contended that his wife, Bhuvaneshwari, is the daughter of late Chief Minister N. T. Rama Rao, who was a successful film actor, and she could not be dragged into all this. Earlier attempts by former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy were unsuccessful in this regard and now his widow, the present petitioner, could not repeat the allegations and seek an inquiry. He sought a direction to stay the operation of the judgment till the vacation petition was decided. The Registry would number the petition and then the case would be taken up for hearing.

Jagan's documents

Justice Raja Elango made it clear that the Income Tax Department shall take the hard copies of only relevant documents relating to income tax returns of Kadapa MP Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy.

The judge was disposing off the petition filed by Mr. Reddy challenging the orders of the CBI court which had permitted the CBI to give all the papers collected by it during its inquiry.

The judge agreed with the contention that all the papers were not needed.

However, as the CBI had already handed over the documents, the judge issued directions to ensure that the IT authorities would only take copies of ‘income tax related ‘documents.

Sudhakar's plea

A Division Bench comprising Justice A. Gopal Reddy and R. Kanta Rao on Monday reserved orders in the writ petition filed by TRS politburo member Cheruku Sudhakar.

The writ petition was filed questioning his detention by the authorities under the National Security Act. He was earlier detained on November 3 under the Preventive Detention Act.

The order was then recalled and he was detained under the National Security Act. It was contended before the Bench that no case had been made out for detention under NSA. The government produced records and the judgment would be delivered later.