The textiles minister, Mr P. Shankar Rao, who filed a public interest litigation against the Kadapa MP, Mr Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, and Emaar, has shot off a letter to the CBI director, Mr A.P. Singh, asking him to expand the probe to all Cabinet ministers who worked in Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy’s regime.
Mr Rao asked the CBI to form a Special Investigation Team and confiscate all documents, as there is a possibility of evidence being destructed.
The High Court had ruled that there is prima facie evidence of violations of the provisions of IPS, Prevention of Corruption Act, Prevention of Money Laundering Act, apart from investments by local and foreign firms including those located in tax haven countries.
The HC advocate, Mr C. Mallesh Rao, a counsel for Mr Shankar Rao, said, “HC also ordered a probe into all other aspects in public interest. It ordered the registration of a crime and investigation even against those who are not a party to the writ petition.”
Mr Rao in his letter said all those shall include officials, non officials, third parties, concerned ministers, advisors on the subject, advisor to the government, chartered accountants at the relevant period who were directly or indirectly involved in criminal conspiracy even though they are not party to the writ.
“The probe shall cover the period as on the date of delivery of judgement, that is, on August 10, 2011 and it should go into all aspects of looting public exchequer,” he said in the letter.
He added, “One cannot escape on the pretext that ‘though he was a concerned minister but was not present in the meeting’. Similarly, one cannot shirk his responsibility by saying that the CM alone is responsible for Cabinet decisions. Being a member of a Cabinet, in-charge of concerned portfolio, one is more responsible for the decision regarding a subject because of which loss to the public exchequer was caused.” Deccan Chronicle