The CBI special court hearing the Emaar-APIIC scam, which caused an estimated(by CBI) loss of Rs 4300 crore to the state government, on Thursday sent senior IAS officer and Andhra Pradesh home secretary (till Wednesday) BP Acharya to jail for two weeks.
The 1983 batch officer, who was vice-chairman and managing director of APIIC when the Emaar-APIIC scam took place, was later shifted to the Chanchalguda Central jail in Hyderabad, where another IAS officer Y Sri Lakshmi, former Karnataka minister G Janardhana Reddy and other industrialists and bureaucrats are already lodged in connection with various corruption cases.
It was only six months ago that Acharya , who was the boss of the prisons department as home secretary had visited this jail and had eaten the food cooked in the prison kitchen by the inmates.
The CBI, which had questioned Acharya several times in the past two months, affected the arrest on Monday. He however complained of chest pain and was shifted to ICU of the Nizams Institute of Health Sciences. He was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday evening and produced in the special court on Thursday.
Acharya's lawyer told the court that his client was forcefully discharged from the NIMS at the instance of the CBI officials.
"Acharya was not feeling well. Still he was discharged at the instance of CBI," he told the court. The CBI counsel, however, denied the charge.
Later in the day Acharya complained of fever and body pain. Jail superintendent Keshava Naidu told media persons that doctors were keeping a watch on his condition. The official indicated that Acharya may be shifted to the Osmania General Hospital.
Keshava Naidu said Acharya would be treated like an ordinary prisoner.
"There are no special privileges for IAS officers. Since there are no directions from the court that he be treated as special class inmate, he would be treated like others," he said.
"He had then come as our principal secretary (home). That is a different issue. Now he has come like any other inmate," the jail official said when asked about Acharya's previous visit to jail to review facilities for prisoners.
The CBI Wednesday filed a charge sheet in the case against Acharya and 11 others, formally charging them with cheating, criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and corruption in the matter of diluting APIIC's equity from 26% to 6% in the prestigious Boulder Hills township project in Hyderabad.