SC to hear Chandrababu Naidu’s plea for quashing of FIR on October 9

The Supreme Court on Tuesday deferred till October 9 hearing on a plea of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu challenging the Andhra Pradesh High Court order rejecting his petition to quash a First Information Report (FIR) registered against him in the Skill Development Corporation scam case. A bench comprising Justice Aniruddha Bose and Justice Bela M Trivedi asked the Andhra Pradesh government, represented by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, to place on record all materials produced before the High Court in connection with the case. Naidu, who was represented in the top court by senior advocates Harish Salve, Abhisehk Singhvi and Siddharth Luthra, argued before the court that allegations against the TDP chief pertain to the decisions, instructions or recommendations made by him while being the Andhra Pradesh chief minister and this is a political case and the rigours of Section 17A of the Prevention of Corruption Act would apply in the matter.