Hyderabad, Apr 4 UNI | 4 months ago

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) today sought action against the Congress sitting Rajya Sabha member KVP Ramachandra Rao and the unknown person, which it believes is none other than YSRC chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy mentioned in the charge sheet, by Indian investigation agencies.

Mr Rao, a close aide of late chief minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy, has been named along with Ukrainian industrialist Dmitry Firtash and four others by a US grand jury for their suspected roles in an 18.5 million dollars scheme to bribe Indian officials for a titanium mining contract in Andhra Pradesh, the US Justice Department said on Wednesday last.

In his letter addressed to Director CBI and the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), a copy which was released to press, TDP chief and former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu said the report was of grave concern to the reputation of the state government as well as the Government of India before the international community.

"The project with an outlay of Rs 4500 crores did not materialise thus hampering the growth of industries and depriving employment opportunities to thousands of youth of AP," he said.

"There is an urgent need for causing detailed investigation into the matter, he said and request the central agencies to initiate an enquiry to fix responsibility and take appropriate legal action the culprits,' he added.

Without directly mentioning the name of Y S Jaganmohan

Reddy, Mr Naidu said the investigation agency should also look into the allegations that one person; termed as a relative of the then Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy was involved in receiving the bribes and intimidated the agencies.

Meanwhile, Lok Satta Party National President Jayaprakash Narayan wanted the CBI to interact closely with the FBI, which unearthed the scam.

In a statement here, he demanded a speedy investigation into the case and stringent punishment for the guilty.

The culprits should be removed from office and sentenced to rigorous jail terms. In addition, the government should confiscate all their properties, he added.

(Posted on 05-04-2014)