New Delhi: Refuting claims that an accused was favoured by its top brass, CBI on Thursday said no attempt had been made by its functionaries to provide any "help" to any of the accused in the alleged corruption case involving Emaar and Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation.
"It appears from the news report that the story is presumptive and conclusions drawn are speculative and based on inaccurate facts and is aimed at destroying the credibility of the CBI as an institution. It may also be noted that the matter is subjudice," CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad said.
Her remark came in the wake of reports that businessman Pradeep Koneru had sought help of controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi to favour, through one "Boss", his father Koneru Rajendra Prasad and brother Madhu Koneru, both accused in the corruption case.
"No attempt, as attributed, had been made by any of the CBI functionary to provide any 'help' to any of the accused in the case," she said.
"The relaxation in the bail condition sought by the accused was strongly opposed by CBI when it came up for hearing. However, it is for the courts to decide on these matters and not the CBI," she said.
The agency said drawing inferences to link BBM messages to the CBI director is at best a mere speculation.
"Koneru Rajendra Prasad, an accused in Emmar case, was released on bail on August 12, 2012 on the orders of high court whereas the news item has reported that 'his son Pradeep Koneru sought the help of Moin Qureshi to arrange meeting with 'Boss' on May 20, 2013 for bail applications and discharge petitions of Koneru Rajendra Prasad, his father and Madhu Koneru, his brother," Prasad said.
She said Koneru Rajendra Prasad was out on bail about nine months ago and Madhu Koneru was never arrested in this case, although he was charge sheeted as an accused.
"Regarding the discharge petitions, Koneru Rajendra Prasad filed discharge petition on April 29, 2013 in the court and CBI has filed its counter reply against this discharge petition opposing the plea of discharge on May 6, 2013 and the same is still pending for arguments," she said.
On the charges of the then Joint Director V V Lakshmi
Narayana, who was supervising the case, that he was not been given an extension, CBI said after completion of the approved tenure he returned to his parent cadre on June 11, 2013 and not in July 2013.
"It is not borne out of records that there was any move by the agency for his extension as imputed in the news report," the spokesperson said.
She said other communications that have been reflected between two private persons are irrelevant.
The case was registered by CBI on August 17, 2011 on the orders of the Andhra Pradesh High Court against Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation, EMAAR Properties PJSC, Dubai, and others.
"During the course of the investigation, Koneru Rajendra Prasad, Director, EMAAR Hills Township Private Ltd, was arrested on November 3, 2011 and released on bail on August 2, 2012 by the high court," the spokesperson said.
She said on completion of investigation, a charge sheet was filed on February 1, 2012 against the accused persons including Koneru Rajendra Prasad and Madhu Koneru for alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating under Indian Penal Code among others besides provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.
She said a supplementary charge sheet was filed on April 23, 2012 and final supplementary charge sheet was filed on September 15, 2012.
"Trial court, Hyderabad has taken cognisance of the charges and the case is currently at the state of arguments by the defence advocates with regard to the petitions filed by the accused for discharge before framing of charges," she said.