Former intelligence chief AB Venkateswara Rao who moved the Andhra Pradesh High Court against his arrest by the State government for alleged misconduct in the procurement of security equipment faced the slash.
Dismissing his plea, the High Court on Wednesday instructed the state government to file a case as per the standard procedures. In the line of new orders, the state government will have to face contempt proceedings if it fails to file a case as per the standard procedures.
Jagan-led YSRCP government on February 8th suspended AB Venkateshwara Rao, following a report that he had allegedly involved in irregularities during the purchase of surveillance equipment from Israeli firm RT Inflatable Objects and awarding the contract to Akasam Advanced on Company, owned by his son.
Following this A B Venkateswara Rao challenged the government’s decision in Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). CAT dismissed his petition and told the government to go ahead with the investigation by filing cases against the latter after which the officer moved HC challenging CAT’s order.
The High Court had directed the state government to reinstate Rao and pay him salary during the suspension period.