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No problem if CBI wants to probe Satyam: Reddy

Andhra Pradesh said it had no problem in a probe by any agency, including CBI, into the Satyam fraud.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2009 18:48 IST

Andhra Pradesh on Sunday said it had no problem in a probe by any agency, including CBI, into the Satyam fraud, even as Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy rubbished opposition's allegations that he was hand-in-glove with disgraced IT tycoon Ramalinga Raju. Raju, his brother Rama Raju and Satyam CFO Vadlamani Srinivas are in judicial custody till January 23 and the state's Criminal Investigation Department is searching their houses for evidence in the case - which the chief minister said had left a blot on the image of the state as well India. "Nothing prevents CBI from inquiring into this... Nothing on earth prevents any other law enforcement agency from inquiring into them," Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy told reporters here today, while denying that CB-CID was hindering investigation by other agencies. Separate investigation teams from market regulator SEBI and the Serious Fraud Investigation Office of the Corporate Affairs Ministry had reached Hyderabad as early as Thursday, but could not access the Rajus, who gave themselves up to the state police on Friday and were remanded to judicial custody yesterday.

"They are mindless and senseless charges. You can't expect me to react to such allegations," Reddy said, when asked about allegations levelled by the opposition that he was hand-in-glove with Raju.

The current opposition leaders are the kind who would blame him even if they don't have breakfast after a quarrel with their wives the previous night, Reddy said.

First Published: Jan 11, 2009 18:46 IST