Jagan assets case: Andhra Home Minister named in CBI chargesheet

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 08, 2013 15:50 hrs

Andhra Pradesh Home Minister Sabita Indra Reddy was on Monday named by CBI as one of the accused in its fifth chargesheet in connection with the disproportionate assets case against YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy.

The agency filed its fifth chargesheet before a Special CBI Court here naming Jagan and naming 12 other individuals, and firms.

Sabita is the third minister from the state to figure in five chargsheets filed by CBI in connection with properties allegedly amassed by Kadapa MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy which were disproportionate to his known sources of income.

The others made accused include Jagan's aide Vijay Sai Reddy, Vice-President Dalmia Cements Punit Dalmia, IAS officer Y Sri Lakshmi and the then Director Mines in Andhra Pradesh V D Raja Gopal among others.

The 62-page document pertains to alleged investments made by Dalmia Cements and two other cement firms--Eeswar cements and Raghuram Cements in businesses promoted by Jagan who is currently in jail.

CBI alleged that Dalmia Cements was allotted limestone mines in Andhra Pradesh during YS Rajasekhara Reddy rule at a throw-away prices. Sabita Indra Reddy had held the portfolio of mines minister during the YSR rule.

Sitting Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao and former Minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana Rao, who is now in judicial custody, were also named as accused in cases against Jagan.

All the three had held Ministerial berts in the state cabinet headed by Y S Rajasekhara Reddy (2004-09), the period during which his son Jagan is accused of amassing illegal wealth.

The chargesheet, which cites 53 documents and 43 witnesses, has been and filed under relevant sections of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.

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