`CBI should probe AP ministers too in graft cases`
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 14, 2011, 23:32
Hyderabad: The CBI investigation ordered by Andhra Pradesh High Court into the alleged disproportionate assets case against Kadapa MP YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Emaar properties land dealings should also cover cabinet ministers, among others, Andhra Pradesh Textiles Minister P Shanker Rao said on Sunday.

Rao, who had written a letter to the High Court seeking probe in the matter, sent a letter to the CBI director today, saying that the agency's probe cover ministers and others too.

He suggested that the probe should cover ministers, officials and all others to ensure completeness.

"All those who include officials, non-officials, third parties, parties in power including the concerned ministers, legal advisers, advisers on the subject, advisers to the government, chartered accountants at the relevant period who are directly or indirectly involved in the criminal conspiracy and acted in furtherance of such criminal conspiracy to benefit the third parties who are not a party to the writ and cover," Rao said in his letter.

The probe should also cover all other aspects pertaining to the loot of public exchequer, he said.

A special investigation team (SIT), comprising experts in various fields, should be appointed because of the magnitude of the offences, he said.

"The persons involved in the case being powerful and most capable of destroying the available evidence. As such immediate steps may be ordered to seize and confiscate the entire relevant documentary and other evidence. Steps for avoiding the undue influence on the material witnesses by the accused should be taken by keeping the accused under judicial custody as being done by the CBI in the cases of similar nature," Rao further said in his letter.

"The accused YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in his counter affidavit in the above cases has testified that probe and investigations against 75 per cent of the Cabinet ministers of his late father YS Rajasekhara Reddy may have to be ordered in case of any investigation against him etc.

"Therefore, the present registration of crime, probe and investigation has to be covering the above aspect in the greater interest of public and to save the public exchequer from the loot," Rao said in the letter.

Responding to the letter, state Congress president Botsa Satyanarayana said there is nothing wrong in Rao writing a letter seeking a probe against the Cabinet ministers too.

Satyanarayana, who is Transport Minister now, was also a minister in the YS Rajasekhara Reddy regime.

The entire Cabinet is collectively responsible for the decisions taken by it, but the ministers cannot be held responsible for any secret irregularities that might have taken place, Satyanarayana said.

"The guilty will be punished. The guilty will have to be punished," he said.


First Published: Sunday, August 14, 2011, 23:32

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