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Court makes Andhra CM accused in corruption case

Court makes Andhra CM accused in corruption case

Author: Agencies
Publication: Expressindia.com
Date: February 28, 2009

[Note from the Hindu Vivek Kendra: Had it been a BJP chief minister, irrespective of the merit of the case, such a report would have received headline publicity, and there would be editorials written demanding the chief minister resign. But a secular chief minister has to be handled with kids' gloves.]

The Anti-Corruption Bureau in Hyderabad has been ordered to register a case against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah and nine others for alleged misappropriation of public funds.

In a case related to the controversial Yellampalli irrigation project, a special court of the Bureau directed the ACB Director General on Friday to conduct a detailed investigation into the allegations and submit a report to it by March 26.

The order came after hearing arguments on a petition filed by a city-based lawyer V Srinivasa Rao with the ACB special court alleging that the ACB DG had failed to act on his complaint, filed on January 24, on the Yellampalli project and requesting that necessary directions be issued for registration of a case against the chief minister and others.

The ACB special court judge N Sanyasi Rao has directed the ACB DG to register a case under Section 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Sections 120 (B) (conspiracy), 167 (misuse of official position by public servants), 201 (screening of evidence) and 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servants) and that a detailed investigation be conducted against the chief minister and others.

Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah, the then principal secretary (irrigation) C V S K Sarma, advisor Seetapathi Rao, chief engineer Prabhakar Reddy, superintending engineer, executive engineer and project contractors (IVRCL, Navayuga and SEW Infra joint venture) are the other respondents in the case.

The petitioner's counsel Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar cited the Comptroller and Auditor General's report, the Lok Ayukta Inquiry report on the Yellampalli case in which public funds to the tune of Rs 600 crore were allegedly misappropriated. He also submitted a set of 21 documents in support of the case.

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