Jagan case: CBI files fourth chargesheet; AP minister named

Published: 13th August 2012 03:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th August 2012 06:10 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

CBI, which is probing the corruption charges against YSR Congress Chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, today filed its fourth chargesheet in the case against 14 people, naming Andhra Pradesh Roads and Buildings Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao and two senior IAS officers -- Manmohan Singh and M Samuel, besides the Kadapa MP.

The 177-page chargesheet citing around 280 documents besides statements of witnesses was filed in the Court of Principal Special Judge for CBI cases here.

It pertains to VANPIC project, whose promoter (industrialist Nimmagadda Prasad), allegedly invested Rs 854 crore in the companies belonging to Jagan towards a largesses for which the then AP government, led by late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, doled out many favours in the form of awarding the project.

The chargesheet also names Jagan's financial advisor V Vijay Sai Reddy, followed by Nimmagadda Prasad alias Matrix Prasad, former Minister Mopidevi Venkatramana Rao, senior bureaucrat K V Brahmananda Reddy (presently under judicial custody), Nimmagadda Prakash, Vanpic Projects Pvt Ltd, Jagati Publications Pvt Ltd, Raghuram Cement Corporation Pvt Ltd and Bharati Cement Corporation Pvt Ltd, Carmel Asia Holdings Pvt Ltd and Silicon Builders Pvt Ltd for alleged offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating and other relevant sections of IPC and other provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.

The central probe agency had earlier contended that various "undue" concessions were extended to the proposed development of an integrated port and industrial corridor project-Vadarevu and Nizampatnam port and Industrial Corridor project (VANPIC, in which Prasad was a promoter) in Prakasam and Guntur districts.

Bramhananda and Prasad were arrested on May 15 by the CBI while former Excise Minister Mopidevi, who was arrested on May 24, is accused of approving the cabinet memorandum containing proposals for awarding of VANPIC project by withholding many important aspects related to it, such as total extent of land decided for the project during 2008.

     Bramhananda Reddy, who was a former Andhra Pradesh special secretary, is accused of issuing letters to Collectors of Prakasam and Guntur districts to allot 24,000 acres of land to Vanpic Projects Pvt Ltd.

Manmohan Singh was Principal Secretary of Infrastructure and Investments (I&I) department when Mopidevi was the Minister holding the portfolio of I&I in YSR cabinet.

Dharamana Prasad Rao who was then Revenue Minister has already been quizzed by CBI in connection with the Jagan case and is learnt to have been named for his alleged role in issuing some GOs for alienation of land in favour of Vanpic Projects Private Limited.

While Jagan arrested on May 27 is under judicial remand in connection with the case, Vijay Sai who was earlier arrested by the CBI is presently out on bail.

The CBI, in its three chargesheets besides a supplementary chargesheet against Jagan and others has accused him and his late father and then Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy of hatching a conspiracy to defraud the government with Jagan influencing his father in doling out certain favours to various investors, who made investments of several crores into Jagan's businesses (at very high premium) as a quid-pro-quo.

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