Catch Me If You Can

Probe TDP, not me, for links with Red­dys, says Ja­gan

India Today - - NA TION - by G. Sreekala

It will not be easy for CBI to con­nect the dots be­tween YSR Congress party leader Y.S. Ja­gan Mo­han Reddy and former Kar­nataka min­is­ter Gali Ja­nard­hana Reddy, who is un­der ar­rest in con­nec­tion with an il­le­gal min­ing case in Andhra Pradesh.

Dur­ing ques­tion­ing by CBI on Novem­ber 4, Ja­gan gave the in­ves­ti­gat­ing agency two or­ders is­sued by the erst­while Tel­ugu De­sam Party ( TDP) govern­ment to es­tab­lish that his fa­ther Y.S. Ra­jasekhara Reddy, whose govern­ment suc­ceeded TDP’S, had not is­sued any min­ing lease to Ja­nard­hana Reddy’s Obu­la­pu­ram Min­ing Com­pany. He also urged CBI to sum­mon TDP Pres­i­dent N. Chan­drababu Naidu. “All de­ci­sions had been taken by Naidu (the then chief min­is­ter) in ac­cor­dance with his dis­cre­tionary pow­ers,” he said.

TDP al­leges that Ja­nard­hana Reddy routed funds through two en­ti­ties, RR Global Enterprises and Red Gold, to Ja­gan’s Ja­gathi Pub­li­ca­tions. Ja­gan de­nied any busi­ness links with Ja­nard­hana Reddy and told CBI that he was not aware of the own­er­ship of RR Global Enterprises. The onus is on CBI to gather more ev­i­dence.

A PRAB­HAKAR RAO /­di­a­to­day­im­


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