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Nov 24, 2012 at 01:20pm IST

Jaganmohan Reddy DA case: Andhra Pradesh Cabinet rejects CBI plea to probe minister

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet has rejected the plea of the Central Bureau of Investigation to prosecute Roads and Buildings Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao in connection with the disproportionate assets case against YSR Congress leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy. The Cabinet will recommend the Governor to turn down the plea.

Rao has been accused of alloting state-owned land worth crores at a very low price to Jagan's aides in the controversial Vanpic project. Rao had resigned from the Cabinet on August 13, soon after his name figured in the CBI chargesheet. His resignation, however, has yet not been accepted by Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy.

Meanwhile on Friday, the CBI, which is probing the corruption charges against the jailed YSR Congress leader, accused him of misguiding a special court in Hyderabad while seeking bail "by giving a different interpretation of the apex court's order". Earlier on October 5, the special CBI court had dismissed his bail plea.

Opposing the fresh bail applications of Jagan, CBI Deputy Legal Advisor Balla Ravindranath on Friday argued before the Court of Principal Special Judge for CBI Cases in Hyderabad that the petitioner (Jagan) was not entitled to get any relief at this stage in view of the Supreme Court order, which upheld the submissions of the central agency that the investigations were still on in connection with seven matters related to the case.

The Supreme Court, while dismissing Jagan's bail petition had directed that the petitioner was open to renew his bail before the trial court "on completion of the investigation by the CBI on the seven matters," Ravindranath pointed out.

The Kadapa MP, presently under judicial remand and lodged in the Chanchalguda Central Prison in Hyderabad since his arrest on May 27 by the CBI on corruption charges, had on November 16, filed two separate petitions in the court seeking bail. Jagan, who sought bail under section 167(2) of the CrPC, said he was exercising statutory rights for grant of bail in relation to all offences in the case registered against him where probe has not been completed within the specified period of 90 days from the date of his arrest.

He had also alleged that discriminatory arrests have been effected by the CBI, as Andhra Pradesh Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao (accused no 6 in the case) has not been arrested and continues to be at liberty though it is specifically alleged that he was instrumental in the commission of the offence. After hearing arguments and counter arguments, the court on Friday reserved its order for November 28.

(With additional information from PTI)