Monday, November 28, 2011

CBI avoids plea against Naidu in OMC case

CBI avoids plea against Naidu in OMC case

The Central Bureau of Investigation has ignored Kadapa MP Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s accusations against Telugu Desam chief N. Chandrababu Naidu in the Obulapuram mining scam case.

CBI officials, who ha-ve finalised the charge-sheet against Gali Jan-ardhan Reddy and his brother-in-law B.V. Sri-nivas Reddy, didn’t issue a notice to Mr Naidu though his name was recorded in Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy’s statement.

Sources, however, said that only the charge-sheet contents can reveal whether the CBI has given a clean chit to Mr Naidu or Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Naidu moved lease for OMC
On November 4, when the statement of Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy, who is already facing allegations of pressurising bidder Mr Konda Reddy in the case, was recorded as a witness in the OMC case, he had alleged that it was Telugu Desam chief, Mr Chandrababu Naidu, who had transferred the mining lease in favour of OMC in 2002 when he was chief minister.

Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy had also asked the CBI to question Mr Naidu regarding his relationship with the latter. The CBI has been maintaining that Janardhan Reddy was not a partner of the OMC, when the lease was transferred. The Bureau found that the board of directors at that time comprised Dinesh Kumar Singh, Snehalatha Singh, K. Nagabhushanam, Shoba Kotari, Rammohan Reddy, Ravindranath Reddy and Prasad Reddy.

It is also alleged that during Mr Naidu’s regime, permits were given to transfer iron ore for OMC.
The CBI is yet to verify these claims as it is concentrating on the chargesheet at present. The Bureau might also file a subsidiary chargesheet depending on further investigation in the case.