Andhra Pradesh government on Monday asked the Crime Investigation Department (CID) to investigate the activities of three Hyderabad-based software companies accused of duping gullible youths by promising them jobs.
"The government has decided to entrust the cases to CID to conduct a thorough inquiry and take appropriate steps," IT secretary Sanjay Jaju said.
The three companies allegedly collected money amounting to crores of rupees from unemployed youths by promising them jobs, but eventually cheated them, government sources said.
The firms are also accused of not paying salaries to the employees and closing the operations without following due procedures, they added.
Information technology and communications department had sought chief minister's approval for launching a probe following several complaints.