YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Monday urged the AP High Court to probe the role played by all the ministers in his father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s cabinet with regard to any alleged irregularities in a similar manner to the charges under which he is being subjected to.
In a counter to the allegations levelled against him by textiles minister P Shankar Rao and the TDP among others, Jagan said all decisions of land allotments etc to his investors were bonafide collective decisions of the YSR cabinet. “If a probe has to be ordered on these aspects, then it should probe into all those members of that cabinet, 75% of whom are members in the current cabinet also, and it is this fear that is keeping the current cabinet scared and silent,” Jagan said in his petition.
The YSR Congress party chief urged the court to summon all the records, note files pertaining to the alleged allotments etc.
“All major decisions were taken by the cabinet only after obtaining the consent of the cabinet sub-committees,” he said.
“Some of the state ministers went hysterical before the recent Kadapa bypolls and they are silent now,” he said. “All the investors in my companies are genuine and neither I nor my father ever tried to lure them into investing in our companies, he said. In fact, there were similar allegations of quid pro quo during the TDP regime also in respect of L & T, Hi-Tec city, Raheja, Kakinada port and scores of other companies, he said. “When the present state government expressed its readiness to constitute a House committee to look into the allotment of land made both by Congress and TDP regimes, the TDP which was vociferous till then, suddenly turned silent,” Jagan said. Jagan also urged the court to cross-examine minister Shankar Rao as he has chosen not to file a sworn affidavit before the court. An unsworn affidavit is not valid under the law and claimed that the letters of Shankar Rao and TDP petitions were aimed at maligning him. TOI