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Naidu's signatures appear at 13 places on documents of Skill Development Scam


Published on: September 14, 2023 | Updated on: September 14, 2023

Telugu Desam president Nara Chandrababu Naidu (Twitter)

Vijayawada: Additional Director General at AP CID, N. Sanjay, has said Telugu Desam chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu's signatures have appeared at 13 different places in the documents associated with the AP Skill Development Scam.

Additionally, Naidu has signed on the council meeting papers to approve the budget for the Skill Development Corporation without obtaining a cabinet approval. Consequently, funds were channeled out of the corporation. A question arises as to how a private individual like Ganta Subba Rao was appointed to this position, the additional DG said.

Addressing the media here on Wednesday, Sanjay, who is the CID chief, said the ACB court remanded Naidu after examining all the evidence and in the inner ring road case. A PT warrant was filed against Naidu, he said.

 He said, "We have presented all the evidence to show that the authorities had to go out of their way and act due to pressure from above. Note files related to the GOs were also destroyed. The then finance secretary P.V. Ramesh had previously given a statement that the funds were released only because of word from Naidu and the then CS."

TD state president K. Atchannaidu's signatures were seen at five places in the skill development scam. Notices were served on Naidu’s PS, Srinivas, but he did not respond to these," the CID chief said.

Sanjay said the AP Skill Development Corporation was formed without the permission of the state cabinet. "Its duties and responsibilities were entrusted to Ganta Subba Rao by violating all the rules."

"Subba Rao was appointed so that he could directly contact Chandrababu. The TD chief's handwritten statements and signatures were present at 13 places in the Skill Development corporation documents. Naidu's signature was also present for budget approval and council meeting and there is no MOU with the Siemens company to set up Skill centres in AP. Everything was done with the bad intention to divert funds."

Sanjay said that after the remand of Naidu in the skill development scam, a section of the people are spreading false information that the arrest and remand were illegal. Clarifying this, he said the funds were diverted through the hawala route. "The funds were channeled through Siemens and Design Tech firms and this happened at the instigation of Naidu."

He said that Ganta Subba Rao was given three key posts.

The CID ADG said there was evidence to show that Chandrababu had also signed the order for release of funds. "Besides that signature on the appointment of a chartered accountant, Naidu signed the appointment of the deputy CEO Aparna. The minutes of the cabinet meeting were also signed by Naidu."

Although it was said that a "90:10 per cent" is mentioned in the GO related to the agreement, there is no mention of this 90 per cent in that agreement, which indicated a clear malice, said the CID chief.

Sanjay said that agreement was made by trampling the GO, which was revealed by the Siemens company itself through a statement before the magistrate. "It is said that only `58 crore has been received by the Siemens company though a sum of `371 crore was released and, of this, a sum of `241 crore was directly sent to shell companies."

He said the `371 crore was directly sent to the Design Tech from the Skill Development Corporation, `58 crore for software purchase and `2700 crore was shown in auditing. "Without setting up the six skill development clusters, the sum of `371 crore was diverted."

"The authorities have written in the file that they cannot release the funds," he said.

Sanjay said Design Tech MD Vikas Kanvilkar was arrested earlier by the ED which also attached assets worth `32 crore. The Siemen's company sent a mail to the CID in which they said they did not invest money. "MD Suman Bose colluded with the shell companies and this matter was revealed in the Siemens investigation."