Hyderabad: Condemning a news report titled as “Attempt to plunder crores of rupees” that appeared in “Andhra Jyothi”, a Telugu daily on Sunday against her, one Ms V Sri Devi has said that she is an ordinary citizen having some public relations and did not have any connection with the webcam installation project for the Kadapa by-polls.
Speaking to the media here on Monday, Ms Sri Devi, who is a sub-editor with a local news daily by name “Antima Theerpu” based in Nellore, said that she was hurt by such news reported in a regional news daily. She also said that what she did was complaining to the State Chief Electoral Officer, Mr Banwar Lal, about a small scam worth about Rs 20 lakhs that was executed during the recent MLC elections in Kadapa and a proposed scam worth Rs Five crores that is about to take place in the ensuing Kadapa by-polls of both of which she came to know about.
Ms Sri Devi said that she was instrumental behind unearthing of both these scams and approached the State Chief Electoral Officer with the help of a minister. Referring to the Rs 20 lakh scam, Ms Sri Devi said that in the name of video coverage of election, the State Election Commission had awarded the contract to an incapable and unscrupulous company by name Synergy Multitech Limited which was said to be owned by Mr N V Satyanarayana. “The total expenditure towards the video coverage of election should cross a mere Rs Two lakh going by all estimation”, she said and also observed that more over the company did not install cameras in not more than 50 per cent of the polling booths but claimed bill for all booths. “On coming to know about the company’s bid to clinch the webcam installation project worth Rs Five crores, I consulted a Minister and on whose advice I have approached Mr Banwar Lal to inform of this. As various media organizations have begun to unravel the entire episode, the officials on the State Election Commission cancelled their move to award the said contract to the Synergy Multitech Limited”, she claimed.
Pointing out to the “fraudulent” history of the said company, she said that such company did not exist in the given address for the past two years and on date there was no office for it. “The company has collected huge money from students on the pretext of providing training and job in their company and duped them by closing it down. Besides, it has also cheated a bank by availing a loan and not even implementing one per cent of the submitted project”, she also noted. (NSS)