YSR chopper crash: Panel to suggest action
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 00:01
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Cabinet on Tuesday approved reports of two expert committees and also the CBI that probed the helicopter crash in Nallamala forest in which the then Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and four others were killed on September 2, 2009.

The probes concluded that the crash of Bell 430 chopper carrying Reddy was "purely an accident" and ruled out any sabotage though they pointed to "negligence" on part of some officials of AP Aviation Corporation Ltd (APACL).

Based on recommendations of the reports, the Cabinet decided to initiate necessary action against then APACL Managing Director Brahmananda Reddy and Deputy Quality Controller Laxmana Rao for their "negligence" in not arranging a fit helicopter for the Chief Minister's flight to Chittoor district on that fateful day, sources said.

"An official committee will be constituted to recommend action to be taken against the then officials of APACL. The committee will decide whether a criminal case has to be filed against those found guilty of negligence," Information Minister D K Aruna told reporters at the end of the Cabinet meeting.

Brahmananda Reddy, an Indian Railway Accounts Service officer, had since been repatriated to his parent cadre while Laxmana Rao continues to be with APACL.

The chopper crash issue reportedly dominated the proceedings of the Cabinet with several ministers questioning why no action had been initiated the APACL officials so far.


First Published: Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 00:01

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