CBI shocks Andhra govt, orders prosecution of two Congress ministers

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    CBI shocks Andhra govt, orders prosecution of two Congress ministers in VANPIC case : South, News - India Today
    Andhra Pradesh Chief MinisterKiran Kumar Reddy is finally forced to accept the resignation letter of the state Roads and Buildings Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao. This is a fall out of the decision of the Special Judge of the CBI Court in Hyderabad, on Monday, permitting the investigating agency to prosecute Prasada Rao and ex-minister Mopidevi VenkataRamana Rao under the Prevention of Corruption Act. It is for their alleged role and condoning the irregularities in a massive port and industrial corridor project in the coastal Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh. Venkata Ramana Rao, who was arrested on May 24 last year, resigned from the Kiran Kumar Reddy immediately.
    The CBI court has directed that both Prasada Rao and Venkata Ramana Rao, who arelodged in the Chanchalguda Prison, appear before it on January 31. The court upheld the argument of the CBI that there was no need for prior permission of the state government to prosecute them. Consequently, Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy has to accept the resignation of Prasada Rao tendered on August 13 which was kept on hold for unexplained reasons.
    Later, the state Cabinet, in an unprecedented decision, on November 23, rejected the request of the CBI to prosecute Prasada Rao. To add to the government's embarrassment, the state Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan returned the rejection requestto the Chief Minister suggesting that the state consult legal experts. Meanwhile, the CBI approachedthe court.
    Prasada Rao had resigned as soon as he was named an accused for his role. The allegations relate to the allotment of 28,000 acres for the Vadrevu and NizampatnamPorts and Industrial Corridor (VANPIC) project in Prakasam district. For this the government of Rajasekhara Reddy had signed a memorandum of understandingwith the authorities of Ras Al Khaimah of the UAE.
    A Hyderabad based investor Nimmagadda Prasad, who is the promoter of the VANPIC project , is being investigatedand in jail in connection with this case.
    Prasada Rao is to appeal against the CBI court's order in the Andhra Pradesh High Court. He is likely to file his petition on Tuesday in an attempt to avoid resigning from the state ministry. Prasada Rao has claimed that he did no wrong and only discharged his duties as a minister. His contention is that without Cabinet decision, not asingle acre of land can be allotted by the revenue minister or even Chief Ministerto any person or any organisation. He points out that the business rules are very clear in this regard.
    The CBI is also probing whether there is an enduring bureaucrat - politician nexus in the scandal.
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    Shows the power of the new Congress VP to ensure transparency!

    The minions are coming to heel!

    The fresh face of the Congress is boldly stepping out and storm trooping a new era (?).

    But the real fish will not be fished out and landed!
     
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    Punishment for not paying the cut ... !!
     
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    True.

    YSR was the darling of the Congress and could do no wrong.

    But Jagan is in the doghouse for not following his father's footstep and instead being selfish about sharing the loot!

    Imagine Jagan being investigated for YSR's loot while YSR went scot free.

    Politics is sure a great game changer!
     

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