Did the Centre remain silent on the "omissions and commissions" of the late Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy because he was keeping his "top bosses" in Delhi in good humour with "pecuniary gains"?
This is the view not of any opposition party but two Congress legislators (MLCs) KR Amos and Yadav Reddy and has been mentioned in a petition filed by them at the Andhra Pradesh high court, seeking a CBI probe into the assets acquired by YSR's son YS Jaganmohan Reddy.
As Jaganmohan Reddy is abroad, he could not be reached for his comments.
While stressing the need for a probe into Jaganmohan Reddy's alleged misuse of his father's position (which they said were of the magnitude of the 2G scam), the two said the Centre did not stop the "loot" by YSR and his son because "the government of India depended solely on him for its existence and continuance in terms of electoral strength and canalisation of funds for political purposes".
The combative position has raised eyebrows in Congress circles and the newly appointed state party president, Botsa Satyanarayana, has sought an explanation from them.
Meanwhile, Congress MP Sarvey Satyanarayana gave a clean chit to the high command saying though there was no doubt that YSR had "looted" the state, he did not share the pickings with the Congress leaders at the Centre.
He said during the YSR regime, public money was embezzled in the name of irrigation contracts, land deals and infrastructure projects.
"But there is no truth in the allegations of leaders like Amos and Reddy that the high command had remained silent because YSR used to pay kickbacks to the top leaders. YSR had never shared the booty with anybody," he stated.
The high court will hear the case after the summer vacation.