Andhra govt says CBI to probe YSR chopper crash

Andhra govt says CBI to probe YSR chopper crash
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First Published: Mon, Sep 07 2009. 11 19 PM IST

Tragic end: An expert panel has also been appointed to probe the crash that killed Y.S.R. Reddy. PTI
Tragic end: An expert panel has also been appointed to probe the crash that killed Y.S.R. Reddy. PTI
Updated: Mon, Sep 07 2009. 11 19 PM IST
Hyderabad: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will probe the helicopter crash that killed former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the state’s government announced on Monday.
Tragic end: An expert panel has also been appointed to probe the crash that killed Y.S.R. Reddy. PTI
A two-member expert committee has also been appointed to investigate the incident from all angles, state home minister P. Sabita Indra Reddy told reporters.
Chief minister K. Rosaiah, who held a high-level meeting to discuss the helicopter tragedy, spoke to Union home minister P. Chidambaram and requested that a probe by CBI be ordered into the incident.
The committee comprises retired IPS officer and VIP security expert M.R. Reddy and former DGCA H.S. Khola. The committee would have to submit its report in 60 days, she said.
Meanwhile, a high-powered committee set up by the civil aviation ministry to probe the crash will arrive here on Wednesday.
A team led by R.K. Tyagi, chairman and managing director of Pawan Hans Corp., which is probing the crash involving the Bell-430 helicopter, was scheduled to visit on Tuesday, but postponed its visit by one day, Kurnool district collector Mukesh Kumar Meena said.
The five-member committee will visit the crash site on Rudrakonda hill in the dense Nallamalla forest range and take up on-site investigations, the collector said.
Also, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee is likely to be dispatched to Hyderbad in a bid to thrash out the leadership issue in Andhra Pradesh amid signals that it may be too early for Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy to wear the mantle of chief ministership.
Mukherjee may be accompanied by AICC in charge of Andhra Pradesh affairs, M. Veerappa Moily, and general secretary Digvijay Singh, during the visit later this week for an assessment mission before a meeting of the Congress legislature party is held to elect a leader in place of the late Reddy.
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First Published: Mon, Sep 07 2009. 11 19 PM IST