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Andhra minister charged in graft case claims innocence

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 20:48

Hyderabad: A day after she was named an accused in a fresh CBI charge sheet in the illegal assets case related to MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, Andhra Pradesh Home Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy on Tuesday maintained she was innocent and asserted she would fight the case legally.

"I have done nothing wrong in the whole issue. I am not responsible if something happened behind the scene. I have not benefited out of it in any manner. My family is known for its moral values," she told reporters in an informal chat here.

Sabita said she would convene a formal press conference tomorrow to place the "facts" before people.

"I offered to resign from my post after the CBI named me in the fifth charge sheet in the Jagan`s assets case. But my plea was rejected," she said.

She, however, said she would follow the Congress high command`s directive on her resignation issue.

Sabita, accused of getting many government orders issued as then Minister for Mines in the Y S Rajasekhara Reddy government unduly benefiting Obulapuram Mining Company and Dalmia Cements (also named in the charge sheet), maintained that all government orders were issued as per relevant business rules.

"I don`t know who actually benefited out of it," she said, when referred to the alleged quid pro quo behind the controversial government orders.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 20:47
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