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VANPIC scam: Andhra Pradesh minister appears before CBI court

Posted on Nov 09, 09:21PM | UNI

Andhra Pradesh Roads and Buildings Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao today appeared before the Principal Special CBI court in connection with the VANPIC project involving the Rs 17,000 crore scam.

It was the third personal appearance of Rao before the CBI court as part of the assets case against YSR Congress Party president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Rao later went to Secretariat from the court and met Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and some ministers.

Talking to reporters later, he said he met the Chief Minister only to apprise him of the loss incurred due to floods under the impact of cyclone 'Nilam' and did not discuss any further issues.

Rao tendered his resignation on August 14 after he was named as the fifth accused in the fourth chargesheet filed by the CBI on August 13 last in the case pertaining to alleged quid-pro-quo deals involving Reddy. However, his resignation has not been accepted by the Chief Minister so far.

The CBI has alleged that Rao, as the Revenue Minister in 2008-09 had played a key role in fixing low market price for the VANPIC land and acted in connivance with another accused Nimmagadda Prasad who was lodged in Chanchalguda jail here.

Earlier, on the directions of the court Rao had appeared on September 25 and October 25 but could not appear on October 9 due to the demise of his mother.