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Fibernet scam: HC grants bail to IRTS officer

Fibernet scam: HC grants bail to IRTS officer

The Andhra Pradesh high court on Monday granted bail to Koganti Sambasiva Rao, an Indian Railway Traffic Service officer, arrested two days ago in the sensational scandal related to Andhra Pradesh State FiberNet Limited (APSFL) that allegedly took place during the Chandrababu Naidu regime.

Sambasiva Rao on Sunday moved the petition seeking bail in the case and also dismissal of the case registered by the Crime Investigation Department of the state police. The petition came up before the bench on Monday.

Arguing on behalf of the petitioner, Supreme Court Advocate Adinarayana Rao told the court that the petitioner would lose his job if he did not get bail within 48 hours. After hearing the arguments, the high court granted conditional bail to Sambasiva Rao.

The CID officials on Saturday arrested Sambasiva Rao in a case registered against him for allegedly binding the first phase tenders for APSFL to Terra Software Pvt Ltd during the last government tenure. 

The CID has registered an FIR against 19 people accused of being involved in a scandal in the AP fibergrid project. It is alleged that a scam of about Rs 2,000 crore took place. 

The CID officials said the blacklisted companies were given the opportunity by the previous government and were found to have cheated with forgery documents. 

The CID had repeatedly questioned Vemuri Hari Prasad and Sambasiva Rao in connection with the case last week.

It is learnt the CID might move a division bench of the high court challenging the granting of bail to Sambasiva Rao, as he might influence the witnesses and tamper with the evidences.

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