Kiran turns down demand for sacking of `tainted` mins

Last Updated: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 22:01

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister
N Kiran Kumar Reddy has dismissed the opposition`s demand for
dismissal of six "tainted" ministers in the wake of Supreme
Court issuing notices against them in connection with the case
involving former Congress leader Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy
amassing illegal assets.

A bench headed by Justice Dalveer Bhandari today
issued notices to the ministers 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 Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.

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

The ministers had served under late Y S Rajasekhara
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 amidst 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 B P
Acharya (already arrested) and L V Subrahmanyam in the Emaar
Properties scandal, the chief minister said "they were
studying it and would send the file to the Government of India
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.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 22:01

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