After questioning Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) now plans to examine three more Ministers over the 26 Government Orders that allegedly helped Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy amass illegal assets through quid pro quo transactions.
The CBI officials will be questioning Ponnala Lakshmaiah, who held Major Irrigation portfolio in YSR’s cabinet, about GOs relating to Jalayagnam projects and allotment of water to India Cements from Krishna. When contacted, Mr. Lakshmaiah who is in Parkal, said he did not get any intimation from the CBI so far, but was aware that the agency would be seeking clarifications related to some GOs.
Ms. Geetha Reddy, who was then Industries Minister, is likely to be examined on the issue of allotment of lands in Kadapa district to Brahmani Steels owned by former Karnataka Minister Gali Janardhan Reddy. Kanna Lakshminarayana, the then Transport Minister, may also be called by the CBI for clarifications.
During Mr. Lakshmaiah’s tenure, the government had issued two orders allocating 10 lakh gallons of water from the Krishna and 13 million cu ft water from Kagna river to India Cements which invested Rs.15 crore in Raghuram Cements and Rs.5 crore in Carmel Asia Holdings, a subsidiary of Sandur Power owned by Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy. Raghuram Cements became Bharati Cement after it was purchased by Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy.
The CBI has already directed Mopidevi Venkataramana, who held the portfolio of Investment and Infrastructure in YSR’s cabinet, to appear before them for examination about the Vanpic project on May 21.
Apart from the Ministers, some IAS officers who were served notices by the Supreme Court will also be questioned by the CBI in connection with Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy’s assets case.