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2012: Year of scandals in AP takes sheen off high and mighty

Posted on Dec 27, 09:57AM | UNI

2012 was a year of scandals in Andhra Pradesh which took the sheen off the high and mighty, not sparing even the judiciary.

The UPA government at the Centre which failed to take a decision on the Telangana statehood issue convened an all-party meeting at New Delhi on December 28. It has invited eight political parties from Andhra Pradesh to express their opinions on the burning issue before taking a final call.

In the byelections held on March 18 after legislators had resigned from the assembly on Telangana statehood and other issues, the Congress received a drubbing as the TRS, BJP, Independent and YSR Congress Party shared the seats of the seven constitutencies for which the polling was held.

After Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar had disqualified 16 Congress rebels and a PRP MLA for supporting the YSR Congress Party, byelections were held and in it, the YSR Congress party had registered a landslide victory in the hustings held on June 15.

The YSR Congress Party which had came into political arena after the death of former Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy received a setback when its President Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy was arrested by the CBI.

The crux of charges against him is that a quid pro existed between investors who put money into Mr Reddy's companies particularly Sakshi, in exchange for the largesse doled out by Y S Rajasekhara Reddy to them.

The CBI has registered cases against Jagan and 74 others on May 28 under sections 120 B R/w 420, 409, 468 and 477 A of the Indian Penal Code and sections 11, 12, 13 (2), 13 (1) (c) and (d) of the Prevention of corruption Act.

Jagan Mohan Reddy who was langushing in Chanchalguda Jail under Judicial Remand which is extended till January 2 by the local CBI Court has applied for statutory and regular bail in the Andhra Pradesh High Court after the CBI court had dismissed it. The High Court is expected to give its order on the statutory bail petition on December 24.

In the Union Cabinet expansion-cum-reshuffle on October 28, four MPS from Andhra Pradesh were sworn in as Ministers of State and Congress Rajya Sabha Member K Chiranjeevi was given the Tourism portfolio with independent charge.

Pallam Raju was elevated to Cabinet Rank and the portfolio of Ms Daggubati Purandeswari was changed in the reshuffle of council of ministers.

A division bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court set aside the office memoranda issued by the Central government carving out a 4.5 per cent sub-quota for minorities (socially and educationally backward candidates) from within the 27 per cent quota for the other backward classes in the fields of public employment and education. The Bench declared that the Centre had exceeded the constitutional boundaries by providing reservation on religious lines and failed to apply its mind.

The Andhra Pradesh Government signed agreements for investments to the tune of a staggering Rs 1,00,000 crore for different projects including two Oil refineries in the state. These agreements were signed during the two day CII partnership summit 2012 which was held here in January.

The Andhra Pradesh Council of Ministers was expanded twice in this year -- the first one on January 19 by including the legislators from erstwhile Praja Rajyam Party of actor-turned politican K Chiranjeevi who had merged his party in Congress and another on February 6 by including three Congress MLAs.

On the IT front, Mahindra Satyam had received an attachment notice from the IT department in the Rs 617 crore tax asssessment row with the company.

The tax demand pertains to 2000-2003 to 2007-2008 when the company witnessed a massive financial fraud during the regime of Ramalinga Raju, the founder Chairman who was facing trial.

However, the Andhra Pradesh High Court stayed the order issued by the Income Tax for attaching the land and buildings of Mahindra Satyam under Section 281 B of the I.T Act 1961.

The Mahindra Satyam received another shock when the Enforcement directorate on October 18 attached orders with respect to fixed deposits worth Rs 822 crore held by Mr Ramalinga Raju-owned Satyam Computer in four banks. The single judge of the High Court recently had stayed the ED order.

Mahindra Satyam had signed a memorandum of understanding with Dion Global solution to buy a strategic stake on February 10.

Portraying a healthy financial situation of the state, Finance Minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy presented in the Assembly a whopping Rs 1.45 lakh crore budget for the financial year 2012-13 on February 17.

In the biennial election announced for six seats in Andhra Pradesh in March 2012, the six seats were filled uncontested with Congress and TDP bagging the seats.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and his Maharashtra counterpart Prithviraj Chavan signed an agreement to set up an inter-state board for speeding execution of the Rs 40,300 crore Pranahita Chevella Irrigation project on May 5 that would serve both the states.

Twenty five people were killed and dozens were injured when Bangalore bound Hampi Express rammed a stationery goods train at Penukonda Railway station in anantapur District on May 22.

A fire aboard Chennai bound Tamil Nadu express from New Delhi killed 32 passengers and 27 others suffered burns on July 30.

In another gruesome accident, 30 persons were killed as bus fell off a narrow bridge in Osmanabad district of Maharashtra.