CBI probe demanded against YSR cabinet ministers

CBI probe demanded against YSR cabinet ministers

Hyderabad: A former Andhra Pradesh minister and two sitting legislators from the Jagan Reddy camp met Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and sought a CBI probe against members of the erstwhile Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy cabinet on Friday.

Former mines minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy, member of the legislative assembly (MLA) B. Sobha Nagireddy and MLC Jupudi Prabhakar met the chief minister at his camp office in the backdrop of CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) investigations into the amassing of wealth and charges of corruption against J. Reddy and the raids being conducted by the agency on the member of Parliament’s residences as well as businesses.

Balineni, who is a Congress MLA, handed over a letter to the chief minister seeking a CBI probe against the ministers of the erstwhile YSR cabinet. “Since the decisions taken by the then YSR government are being questioned now, it is essential to probe the role of ministers of that government as the cabinet is collectively responsible," he pointed out.

As the then mines minister under YSR, Balineni said he was ready to face the CBI investigation.

J. Reddy, who is accused of money laundering and securing heavy investments into his business ventures as a quid pro quo when his father was the state chief minister, has himself sought to push the blame on the then ministers saying it was collective responsibility of the then cabinet in allotting land and doling out other favours to certain companies and individuals.

“The law will take its own course," has been the common refrain of some of the key ministers of the erstwhile YSR cabinet, who are part of the current Kiran Kumar Reddy government as well.

“Our leader YSR himself used to say the law will take its own course. We are ready to face the CBI inquiry, if required," state finance minister Aanam Ramanarayana Reddy had said.