Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh High Court granted bail to former minister K Atchannaidu on Friday. Atchannaidu had been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for his alleged involvement in the ESI scam.
The high court directed Atchannaidu to furnish Rs 2 lakh worth of personal bond and imposed strictures on not leaving the country without the court’s permission. Atchannaidu was further directed to be available for investigation and to not indulge in any action that might influence or tamper with evidence.
The ACB had arrested Atchannaidu on June 12 for his alleged involvement in the ESI scam. The ACB has alleged that Atchannaidu, the then labour minister, had misused his position to do undue favours to some private companies by giving them telemedicine and other contracts.
The former labour minister was arrested in Srikakulam and brought to Vijayawada to be produced before the ACB court. Since Atchannaidu had recently undergone a surgery, he was admitted to Guntur Government General Hospital at first and subsequently shifted to Vijayawada sub-jail. Atchannaidu first moved the ACB court and then the high court requesting permission to be shifted to a private hospital for treatment. The high court allowed him to get admitted to a private hospital in Guntur.
While undergoing treatment, the former minister contracted Covid-19 and was shifted to another private hospital for Covid-19 treatment, a hospital which the government had declared a Covid care centre.
Upon being admitted to the hospital, Atchannaidu moved ACB court seeking bail but the court rejected his plea. Subsequently, he moved the high court which granted him bail on Friday with conditions.