ANDHRA PRADESH

Proceedings in ACB case against Naidu stayed

HYDERABAD, MARCH 17. Proceedings before the Special Judge, ACB cases, Hyderabad, wherein a complaint has been lodged against the former Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, were stayed by the High Court on Thursday.

The stay order was granted by Justice D. S. R. Varma while admitting the writ petition filed by Mr. Chandrababu Naidu. The petitioner challenged the action of the Special Judge who did not hear him.

Lakshmi Parvati, president of the NTR TDP, filed a petition before the special court requesting it to refer her complaint to the police wherein she alleged that Mr. Chandrababu Naidu had assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. Mr. Chandrababu Naidu wanted to he heard by the Special Judge before a decision is taken-- whether to refer the complaint to the investigation agency or not. A request was made to the Special Judge that appropriate judgment might be pronounced in this regard.

Naidu's plea

When the request was turned down Mr. Naidu filed the present writ petition. In the writ petition he alleged that his right guaranteed under article 21 of the Constitution of India was being denied.

He said that he did not request the Special Judge to look into any additional papers or evidence but only to look into well-settled legal position.

He lamented that he had been hounded and harassed for six years and curiously such charges were cropping up just prior to elections or some important event and cases were withdrawn.

Justice Varma admitted the matter and stayed further proceedings and posted the matter to Friday for further hearing.

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