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Is Andhra govt soft on Raju brothers?

business Updated: Jan 13, 2009 01:02 IST
Ashok Das
Ashok Das
Hindustan Times
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Former Satyam Computer Services chairman B. Ramalinga Raju’s confessional statement to the police and the manner of his arrest have fanned suspicions that the Y.S.R. Reddy government is going soft on him.

The first two pages of the statement, which dwells at length on Raju’s life could have been downloaded from the websites of any of his companies or from Wikipedia.

The last three pages — the operative portion — are a verbatim copy of the statement he released on January 7 to the Satyam board of directors and the stock exchanges.

The confessional statement was recorded by N. Balaji Rao, Deputy Superintendent of Police, CID.

Raju and his brother, former Satyam MD B. Rama Reddy, came in two Mercedes Benzes to the DGP’s office after 10 pm on January 9 and were escorted to a room where senior Crime Branch-CID officials were waiting for them.

The next day, they were taken in a convoy of half-a-dozen cars fitted with tinted glasses amid unprecedented security to be presented in court and then taken to jail.

The police not only prevented journalists from getting close, but also beat up photographers who were trying to click the Rajus. The police have still not explained why they gave such special treatment.

The CM has said he has no links with the Rajus and that his government was not shielding him. But the doubts linger on.