Arrest based on third chargesheet naming Jagan as prime accused

Taking cognisance of this chargesheet,the court had issued notices to Jagan Mohan and 12 other accused to appear in court on May 28.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Published:May 28, 2012 2:14 am

The CBI has filed three chargesheets in the investigation into Jagan Mohan Reddy’s illegal assets,but it was only in the third chargesheet filed on May 7,2012,that it named the Kadapa MP as the prime accused. Taking cognisance of this chargesheet,the court had issued notices to Jagan Mohan and 12 other accused to appear in court on May 28.

The CBI’s focus has been on two dozen government orders passed by ministries and departments during the YSR rule,which allegedly benefited certain companies such as Gali Janardhana Reddy’s Obulapuram Mining Company,Vadarevu and Nizampatnam Port and Industrial Corridor (Vanpic) project promoted by industrialist Nimmagadda Prasad,Ramky Pharma which was given reserve forest land in Vizag district,Aurobindo Pharma and Hetero Drugs which received lands in SEZs,and Emmar Properties.

Apart from Jagan Mohan,the 11 accused are V Vijay Sai Reddy,chartered accountant and vice-chairman of Jagati Publications; Aurobindo Group of Companies and APL Health Care; Hetero Group of Companies; Trident Life Sciences; M Srinivasa Reddy,Director,Hetero Drugs Ltd; K Nityananda Reddy,Managing Director of Aurobindo Pharma Ltd; P Sarath Chandra Reddy,former managing director of Trident Life Sciences Ltd; B P Acharya,senior IAS officer and former chairman and MD of Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation; Y Vijaya Lakshmi Prasad,former general manager of APIIC; P S Chandramauli,company secretary of Aurobindo Pharma Ltd; and Jagati Publications.

The 88-page third chargesheet,containing 142 documents and 72 witness accounts,also names IAS officer G Venkat Ram Reddy,who was former vice-chairman of Vizag Urban Development Authority,Ramky Group chairman Ayodhya Rami Reddy,and Ramky Pharma India Limited. Vijay Sai Reddy is out on bail.

Sources said that Jagan Mohan was today asked about the Vanpic project in which industrialist Nimmagadda Prasad was allotted nearly 15,000 acres of land. Prasad invested more than Rs 350 crore in Jagati Publications.

He was also asked about two Kolkata-based companies which invested Rs 135 crore in Jagati Publications,which allegedly turned out to be fronts of Jagan Mohan.

Sources said the CBI wanted to establish the link between Mopidevi Venkataramana Rao — minister for investment and infrastructure during the YSR regime and excise and prohibition minister in the current regime till his arrest last week — Nimmagadda Prasad and Jagan Mohan. Nimmagadda Prasad and former secretary for investment Brahmananda Reddy are also under arrest.

CBI sources said that former Satyam Computers founder B Ramalinga Raju had invested Rs 100 crore in the Vanpic project.

At least six Congress ministers are under scrutiny for issuing government orders benefiting firms that invested in Jagan Mohan’s business empire. Apart from Mopidevi Venkaramana Rao,the other five ministers who face inquiry are Major Industries Minister J Geeta Reddy,Panchayati Raj Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao,Home Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy,IT Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah and Agriculture Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana.

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