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Skill Development Scam: SC Directs N Chandrababu Naidu To Not Participate In Public Rallies, Meetings Till Next Hearing

A notice was issued to N Chandrababu Naidu by a bench comprising Justices Bela M Trivedi and SC Sharma, directing him to refrain from participating in public rallies and meetings until the next hearing on December 8.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Telegu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu to not participate in public rallies or meetings till his next hearing in the skill development corporation scam case.

A notice was issued to Naidu by a bench comprising Justices Bela M Trivedi and SC Sharma, directing him to refrain from participating in public rallies and meetings until the next hearing on December 8.

"Issue notice. Returnable on December 8. The conditions imposed in the bail order shall be continued except participation in public rallies and meetings," the bench said.

The Andhra Pradesh High court had converted Naidu's four-week interim medical bail in the case into absolute bail and ordered the former chief minister's release on regular bail, considering his age, old age-related ailments, non-flight risk and other reasons.

It had said the interim bail conditions such as refraining from making any public comments related to the scam case or organising or participating in public rallies and meetings will continue to be in force till November 28 and will be relaxed from November 29.

Seeking direction to set aside the high court verdict, the state government said the accused (Naidu) is an "influential person" and "has ensured that two of his key associates, including a government servant, have already fled the country.

On November 20, the Andhra Pradesh High Court had granted bail to Naidu while noting that the discretion to grant bail should be exercised judiciously in a humane and compassionate manner.

The TDP chief recently underwent cataract surgery at L V Prasad Hospital in Hyderabad.
He was arrested on September 9 and released on interim medical bail on October 31, which is now made regular.

Naidu is accused of misappropriating funds from the Skill Development Corporation, which resulted in a purported loss of over Rs 300 crore to the state exchequer.

On October 17, the top court denied interim bail to Naidu and said it would pronounce verdict on his plea challenging the high court order refusing to quash the FIR against him in the skill development corporation scam case.

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