Parties across the political spectrum welcomed the AP High Court’s order for a full-fledged CBI probe into the assets of Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.
Jagan and his family have been accused of defrauding the public exchequer with the clout of the then chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. Jagan allegedly managed to transfer public properties and permissions, leases and licenses favouring various companies at throwaway price in lieu of thousands of crores of kickbacks.
Welcoming the court order, TDP Rajya Sabha member M V Mysura Reddy, who has been instrumental in exposing the misdeeds during the YSR regime, said there is sufficient evidence to prove the charges against Y S Jaganmohan Reddy. “This CBI probe gives Jagan a chance to prove his innocence. There have been allegations that the then chief minster had cleared several files without the knowledge of the respective ministers,” he said. Health minster D L Ravindra Reddy said, “The truth about Y S Jagan will be out very soon.”
Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao said Jagan has fallen flat under the weight of his own words. “He wanted a CBI probe and today he has got a chance to prove his innocence. Henceforth, no public representative must even dare to think of corruption,” he said in Delhi. Telangana protagonist Ramreddy Damodar Reddy said the court must also probe the role of ministers in the issue. “If any one is found to be party to those illegal decisions, action must be taken against them, however, powerful they may be.
BJP state president G Kishan Reddy said, “We want the scope of investigation to include all officials of the departments. We feel that such partisan actions could not have taken place without the nod of the then cabinet. We want the court to make public the report on the preliminary probe against Jagan.” TOI