Chandrababu Naidu, chief of the Telugu Desam Party. (Photo Credit: X/ satyapamula)
Chandrababu Naidu, former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh was granted regular bail on Monday, in the skill development case according to ANI. He is on interim bail until November 28.
On October 31, the high court granted a four-week interim bail to the chief of Telugu Desam Party to have cataract surgery on his right-eye.
He had been held at Rajahmundry central prison since September 10, just one day following his arrest by the Crime Investigation Department (CID) in the multi-crore skill development corporation scam. Subsequently, he was placed in judicial custody by the Special Court for ACB cases in Vijayawada.
According to reports, the CID had initiated a probe into alleged scam worth Rs 3,300 crore in the APSSDC during the previous TDP regime, earlier in March.
The Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation was set up in 2016 during Naidu's stint as CM to empower unemployed youth by providing skill training that would help them upgrade their employability.
Based on statements from an accused turned approver and depositions by three IAS officers, the probe follows notices to Arja Srikanth, a former Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer who was the CEO of APSSDC in 2016.
The Naidu administration had entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a project valued at Rs 3,300 crore. This agreement involved a consortium comprising Siemens Industry Software India Ltd and Design Tech Systems Pvt Ltd, tasked with establishing six centers of excellence for skill development.
The Andhra Pradesh government was slated to contribute roughly 10% of the overall project expenses, while Siemens and Design Tech were expected to supply the rest of the funds as grant-in-aid.
As per the CID investigation, the project commenced without adhering to the standard tendering procedures.
Allegedly, the cabinet did not grant approval for the project, according to the CID's claims.