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CBI questions Andhra minister in Jagan case

Andhra Pardesh,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Politics, Fri, 13 Apr 2012 IANS

Hyderabad, April 13 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Friday questioned a cabinet minister in Andhra Pradesh for eight hours in a case involving alleged illegal assets of YSR Congress party chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy.


Minister for Roads and Buildings D. Prasada Rao was questioned by CBI sleuths in two sittings through the day at Dilkusha Guest House, the camp office of the investigating agency.


Emerging from the guest house Friday night, the minister told reporters that he was called as a witness.


He said that the CBI officials clarified their doubts with regard to the six government orders (GOs) issued by Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy government when he was the revenue minister.


The controversial GOs pertain to allocation of lands to Vanpic Projects Private Ltd and Penna Cements.


He is the second minister questioned by the CBI in the case. Excise Minister Mopidevi Venkataramana Rao had appeared before the federal agency last month.


They were among six ministers issued notice by the Supreme Court March 12, asking them why their role should not be probed on the 26 GOs issued during Rajasekhara Reddy's 2004-09 tenure.


YSR, as Rajasekhara Reddy was popularly known, died in a helicopter crash in 2009.


The orders allegedly benefited companies in the form of lands and licenses, and they invested huge money in the businesses owned by YSR's son Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy under a quid pro quo arrangement.


The CBI booked a case against Jagan and 73 others in August last year on the direction of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.


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