Hyderabad: The High Court expressed concern over the money laundering and misuse of power in respect of the illegal land transactions made during the former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s regime.
The High Court is also said to have expressed surprise and commented that despite so much ‘loot’ occurred involving the private properties not even a single case was filed, nor did a F I R ( First Information Report) was filed against the culprits.
C Mallesh Rao, High Court Advocate representing Minister for Textiles and Weavers’ Welfare P Shankar Rao, told media persons at the Secretariat on Wednesday that the High Court has made it clear that the ‘eyes’ of the government were shut even as the government lands were grabbed.
The Court was also of the opinion that a ‘deep’ investigation into the whole irregular land allotments/ deal was essential to get to the facts.
The Minister, who made his way to the Secretariat after long spell of absence, earlier saluted the High Court and its Judges for displaying their talent and courage for taking up the suo motu case on the strength of a mere letter filed by him in 2010, when he was not a Minister.
“I am proud of the High Court and the Judges,” Dr Shankar Rao said while recalling their services as well as those of the media persons for presenting the proceedings without bias.
At this juncture, he also recalled that he had marched forward despite receiving threatening calls only to protect the tax payers’ money and without an ulterior motive.
There was also no support from his colleagues including the Chief Minister, Dr Shankar Rao said.
Paying his tributes and regards to the High Court and Judges, the Minister maintained that the Andhra Pradesh High Court has proved to all concerned that it is the top institution in the state.
The Court also a sent clear signal that any commoner could seek justice no matter what are the implications or VVIPS involved in any criminal case.
It was also informed that the former chief minister’s son YS Jaganmohan Reddy had told the Court that 75 per cent of the Ministers who were part of his father’s Cabinet since 2004, were involved and wanted a cases framed against them.
The Minister said that it was the responsibility of Mr Jaganmohan Reddy to name all those Ministers who were part of the then YSR government.
Asked about the repercussions, the advocate clarified that a cheating case under Section 420 and another case can be filed against those held responsible in the EMAAR Properties and Jagati Publications.(INN)