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Anti-Corruption Bureau will take a decision on whether to file an FIR or proceed with the inquiry in Yellampalli Barrage project case in which YSR is a respondent.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) will on Monday take a decision on whether to file an FIR or proceed with the inquiry in the Yellampalli Barrage project case in which Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy is a respondent. The agency is in a dilemma after the Principal Special Judge for ACB cases directed the agency to investigate the allegations made against the Chief Minister and others in the Yellampalli Barrage project. Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Girish Kumar said on Monday the agency was taking legal opinion whether an FIR should be registered to investigate the matter. The court directed the agency to investigate and submit a report by March 26.

With the CM’s name involved,the agency is being extra cautious. “We have not filed an FIR yet. We are taking the opinion of legal experts,their legal point of view. A decision would be taken on Monday whether a case should be registered or to go ahead with the inquiry,” Girish Kumar said.

On February 26,the Principal Special Judge for Anti-Corruption Bureau cases at City Civil Courts,Sanyasi Rao,directed the ACB director-general to investigate allegations of irregularities in calling tenders for the Yellampalli irrigation project,and made Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy,irrigation minister P Lakshmaiah,former Irrigation secretary C V S K Sarma and four irrigation department officials as respondents,in a complaint made by a city advocate.

The complainant alleged that the CM,Irrigation Minister and irrigation department officials had favoured joint venture of IVRC-Navayug Infrastructure Ltd during the tenders process and construction of Yellampalli Project in Karimnagar district. He stated that in the process public money amounting Rs 391 crores was embezzled.

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This case is already pending in the state Lok Ayukta for the past three years.

First published on: 02-03-2009 at 01:17:58 pm
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