AP CM rejects demand to sack `tainted` ministers
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Last Updated: Monday, March 12, 2012, 19:50
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday dismissed Opposition's demand for dismissal of six ministers in the wake of Supreme Court's notice against them in connection with a case involving former Congress leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy amassing illegal assets.

A bench headed by Justice Dalveer Bhandari issued notices to J Geeta Reddy, P Sabita Indra Reddy, Kanna Lakshminarayana, Mopidevi Venkata Ramana, Dharmana Prasada Rao and Ponnala Lakshmaiah regarding 26 controversial government orders during the tenure of then chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy.

The notices were issued on a special leave petition filed by lawyer Sudhakar Reddy.

The ministers had served under late YSR Reddy government and are also part of the Kiran Kumar Reddy cabinet.

The principal opposition Telugu Desam Party has maintained that the tainted ministers could not continue in their positions till they were proved innocent.

Replying to the charge, Kiran said, "The court did not make any adverse observations against the ministers."

He was speaking to reporters after the Assembly was adjourned for the day amid the vociferous demand by the opposition parties seeking dismissal of the ministers.

"The demand for resignation or dismissal of ministers is uncalled for," Kiran said, adding the issue would have no bearing on his government.

Replying to questions, he said the Cabinet was always collectively responsible for the decisions taken. "The Cabinet's collective responsibility need not be re- emphasised," he said.

When asked about the CBI's plea to the state government for permission to prosecute senior IAS officers BP Acharya (already arrested) and LV Subrahmanyam in the Emaar Properties scandal, he said "they were studying it and would send the file to the Centre for approval".

The government has given permission to the state Anti- Corruption Bureau probing the liquor syndicates issue to prosecute those involved in the illegal activity.

Meanwhile, TDP Legislature Party deputy leaders P Ashoka Gajapathi Raju and Gali Muddukrishnama Naidu wondered if it would be honourable for the government if the ministers were arrested by the CBI.

"These ministers were involved in the corrupt deeds during YSR's tenure. They cannot escape by pleading they were not party to the illegal deeds," they said reiterating their demand for dismissal.

"If the government remains adamant, the next meeting of the Cabinet will have to be conducted in Cherlapalli jail," they said, adding the TDP would boycott the ministers' replies in the Assembly if they were not sacked forthwith.

Lok Satta Party chief N Jayaprakash Narayan too came down heavily on the ruling Congress over the issue.

"The government cannot remain indifferent to corruption and the ongoing CBI investigations in various corruption cases. It is not right on part of the government to run away from a discussion in the Assembly on corruption at a time when some IAS officers have landed in jail and the CBI investigations are continuing," he observed.

Jayaprakash suggested that the TDP lead all other Opposition parties in the fight against corruption.


First Published: Monday, March 12, 2012, 19:50

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