Court grants 4-day custody of Narendra

Eventually, Narendra was booked under Sections 13 (1), C and D of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and IPC Sections 408, 409, 418, 420, 465, 471 and 120-B read with 34 (Photo used for reprsentational purpose)

VIJAYAWADA: The special judge for ACB cases in Vijayawada on Friday granted a four-day custody of TDP leader Dhullipala Narendra to the ACB for interrogation in the alleged irregularities in the Sangam dairy.
The custody comes into effect from Saturday as ACB officials will be shifting the former chairman of Guntur District Milk Producers’ Cooperative Union Limited from Rajahmundry Central Jail to Vijayawada. The ACB court said that the interrogation of Narendra should take place in the presence of his counsel.
During the hearing of ACB’s custody petition, defence counsel Gottipati Rama Krishna Prasad argued against the need to interrogate Narendra citing the recent government order taking over Sangam dairy under its control. He also claimed that the land transfers are also on the record and said there were no personal benefits earned by him. The advocate representing the ACB argued that there are many unknown aspects to the case that needs to be interrogated.
Eventually, the ACB court postponed Narendra’s bail petition hearing to Monday. Narendra along with P Gopala Krishnan, former MD, and M Gurunadham, former district cooperative officer, was arrested on April 23 after ACB conducted a series of raids at the Sangam dairy headquarters in Guntur.
Based on a complaint, the ACB probed into the functioning of Sangam dairy that allegedly revealed various financial and administrative irregularities under Narendra’s chairmanship in connivance with others. Eventually, Narendra was booked under Sections 13 (1), C and D of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and IPC Sections 408, 409, 418, 420, 465, 471 and 120-B read with 34.

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