ED begins questioning in Chandrababu-time AP skill development scam
The ED began its investigation into the Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation scam which allegedly happened under the rule of Chandrababu
HYDERABAD: The Directorate of Enforcement (ED) on Monday began its investigation into the Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC) scam which allegedly happened under the rule of Chandrababu Naidu between 2014-19. The case, registered by AP CID, pertains to the siphoning off of funds to the tune of Rs 241 crores as part of a Rs 3,350-crore deal signed with Siemens Software India Private Limited. The deal was meant for the establishment of skill development centres in Andhra Pradesh.
The ED on Monday questioned a few of the 26 persons who were served notices to appear before it. The representatives of four companies including those from Siemens Software India Private Limited were among those who turned up for the questioning. The ED reportedly focussed its questioning on the nature of money transfers made as part of the deal in the wake of allegations that shell companies were created to divert the funds before they were siphoned off.
It is reported that the ED would grill the accused and respondents in the case in phases. The prime accused in the case were yet to face ED's questioning. Several of them were reported to have expressed their inability to appear before the agency citing health reasons.
The AP CID, which registered the case in the past, arrested Ghanta Subba Rao (A1), Soumyadri Sekhar Bose (A6), Vikas Vinayak Khanvelkar (A8), Shirish Chandrakant Shah (A5) and Mukul Agarwal (A10) and produced them before the ACB Special Court magistrate, who sent them to judicial remand till December 24, last year.