Hyderabad: Textiles Minister Dr. P. Shankar Rao on Sunday demanded that the Central Bureau of Investigation constitute a Special Investigation Team to conduct detailed probe into the illegal assets case of Kadapa MP Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy.
In a letter written to the CBI Director, Dr. Shankar Rao said that the SIT should comprise officials of Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax, Ministry of Company Affairs, Chartered Accounts and other legal experts. “The persons involved in the case being powerful and most capable of destroying the available evidence. As such immediate steps may be ordered to seize and confiscate the entire relevant documentary and other evidences,” he demanded. Steps for avoiding the undue influence on the material witnesses by the accused should be taken by keeping the accused under judicial custody as being done by the CBI in the cases of similar nature, he added.
The Minister demanded that the CBI should not confine the registration of crime or investigation to the persons and period of the writ petition that he filed before the AP High Court. However, the CBI should probe into all other aspects of criminal conspiracy for the period till filing of charge sheet or it must be till the date of the judgment, i.e. till Aug 10, 2011. “You are aware that criminal conspiracy is always hatched in a dark room. Therefore, meeting of minds is more relevant that meeting of persons. Therefore, one cannot escape on the pretext that ‘though he was a concerned minister but was not present in the meeting,” he said.
“Similarly, one cannot shrink his responsibility by saying that CM alone is responsible for cabinet decisions. Being a member of a cabinet, particularly in charge of concerned portfolio, one is more responsible for the decision taken with regard to his subject because of which loss to the public exchequer was caused, unless he puts a dissent note to such a cabinet decision,” Dr. Shankar Rao said in his letter. Referring the counter affidavit filed Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Minister said Mr. Jagan himself demanded probe against 75 per cent of the cabinet ministers of his late father Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy, in case of any investigations against him.
“Therefore, the present registration of crime, probe and investigation has to be covering the above aspect in the greater interest of public and to save the public exchequer from the loot,” the Minister demanded. (INN)