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DA case: Jagan named in fresh CBI chargesheet

PTI  Hyderabad, September 17, 2013
First Published: 21:28 IST(17/9/2013) | Last Updated: 21:31 IST(17/9/2013)

Andhra Pradesh minister for major industries J Geetha Reddy was on Tuesday named along with two former ministers and YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy in two fresh charge sheets filed in a local court by CBI which is probing alleged quid pro quo investments in companies owned by the jailed Kadapa MP.

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The investigating agency has named a total of 10 and 14 accused respectively in the charge sheets filed against Indu Techzone and Lepakshi Knowledge Hub (LKH) in a special CBI court.

While Jagan is named as accused number one, his auditor V Vijay Sai Reddy is also listed as accused along with Shyam Prasad Reddy, promoter of Hyderabad-based diversified group of companies Indu Group and Indu Projects in both the charge sheets.

Also named by CBI as accused are Geetha Reddy and former minister Dharmana Prasada Rao in the charge sheet filed in the LKH aspect of the quid-pro-quo dealings.

Both Geetha Reddy and Dharmana Prasada Rao were in August questioned about the LKH land allotment as it was alleged that there was quid-pro-quo in the land allotment of 8,848 acres to the Lepakshi Knowledge Hub.

Apart from Indu Tech, another former minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy was named as accused in the chargesheet filed against Indu Techzone, which also includes the names of senior IAS officers Ratna Prabha and suspended IAS officer B P Acharya, who has been already named by CBI as accused in the Emaar-APIIC land deal case.

In its charge sheet against LKH, CBI named senior IAS officers Sam Bob and M Samuel besides Acharya.

Besides LKH, its Managing Director Srinivas Balaji, Jagati Publications (owned by Jagan, which runs Sakshi TV and Sakshi newspaper) among others were named as accused.

The agency informed the court that sanction orders were awaited from the government against the IAS officers for their prosecution.

Geetha Reddy, who had previously held the industries portfolio in Y S Rajasekhara Reddy government when land was allotted to the LKH, is among the six Andhra Pradesh ministers who were earlier served notices by the Supreme Court.

Last year, Andhra Pradesh government cancelled 8,848 acres of land allotted to LKH which had proposed to set up a multi-sector industrial park project in Anantapur district.

According to CBI, Indu Projects was awarded many projects in terms of land allocations by the government of Andhra Pradesh between 2004 and 2009 for quid pro quo investments made by Shayam Prasad Reddy, promoter of LKH, and Indu projects in Jagan firms.

Indu Projects floated a special purpose vehicle (SPV) in the name of Indu Techzone, which was allotted land at Shamshabad for developing a Special Economic Zone, the agency had earlier said.

In February 2009, LKH had signed an agreement with the industries department to set up a "global knowledge hub" by providing integrated infrastructure support to a range of activities, including education clusters, science and technology parks, medical, aerospace as well as infotech parks.

Both Dharmana Prasada Rao and Sabitha Reddy have been earlier named as accused. They were today named in the charge sheet against Indu Techzone and LKH respectively.

The CBI has so far filed eight charge sheets against Jagan and other accused in the case including three charge sheets on September 9 against Penna Cements, Raghuram (Bharathi) Cements and India Cements. The agency had also named India Cements MD N Srinivasan who has stepped aside BCCI chairman.

The case relates to alleged investments made by private firms and individual investors in Jagan's companies as a quid-pro-quo for government favours when his father, late YS Rajasekhara Reddy was Andhra Pradesh chief minister.


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