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Jagan's remand extended to Oct 9 in DA case

September 25, 2012 14:41 IST
The special Central Bureau of Investigation court on Tuesday extended the judicial remand of Kadapa MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy till October 9 in the alleged quid pro quo deals case.

Along with Jagan, the remand of former minister Mopidevi Venkataramana and senior bureaucrats K K Brahamananda Reddy and Nimmagadda Prasad was also extended till October 9.

Jagan and others, presently lodged in Hyderabad's Chenchalguda Central Prison, were produced before the court by jail authorities after the court had earlier taken cognisance of the fourth charge sheet filed by the CBI against them.

The court permitted Jagan to have an interaction with his family members, including his mother and YSR Congress leader Vijayamma and wife Bharathi for 30 minutes, who were present during the court proceedings.

Earlier, Andhra Pradesh Minister for Roads and Buildings Dharmana Prasada Rao, IAS officers Manmohan Singh and M Samuel, and two other accused -- Nimmaggada Prakash and Vijay Sai Reddy -- appeared before the court by furnishing bail bonds (personal bonds) for a sum of Rs 25,000 each and two sureties of like sum.

The court had directed all the 14 accused named in the charge sheet to appear before it on Tuesday.

The charge sheet pertains to VANPIC project, whose promoter (industrialist Nimmagadda Prasad), allegedly invested Rs 854 crore in the companies belonging to Jagan towards a largesse for which the then AP government, led by late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, doled out many favours in the form of awarding the project.

Dharmana was the revenue minister in the YSR regime between 2004-2009, including the period when the Vanpic project was conceived.

It was alleged that as revenue minister in 2008-09, "Dharmana Prasada Rao played a key role in fixing low market price for the Vanpic land and acted more in connivance with another accused Nimmagadda Prasad."

The minister has already submitted his resignation to Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, though it is yet to be accepted.

Samuel is currently chief commissioner of land administration, while Manmohan Singh is principal secretary in the animal husbandry department.

Apart from Jagan, the charge sheet also names his financial advisor V Vijay Sai Reddy, Nimmagadda Prasad alias Matrix Prasad, former Minister Mopidevi Venkatramana Rao, IAS officers Manmohan Singh and M Samuel, senior bureaucrat K V Brahmananda Reddy (presently under judicial custody) and Nimmagadda Prakash in the case for alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating and others under relevant sections of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.

Besides, the charge sheet also names Vanpic Projects Pvt Ltd, Jagati Publications Pvt Ltd, Raghuram Cement Corporation Pvt Ltd, Bharati Cement Corporation Pvt Ltd, Carmel Asia Holdings Pvt Ltd and Silicon Builders Pvt Ltd in the case.

During Tuesday's hearing, the court was jampacked and a group of advocates raised slogans over alleged high-handness by police who had made elaborate security arrangements in and around the court, in view of appearance of the VVIPs.

Image: YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy steps out of Chanchalguda prison in Hyderabad to attend a court hearing on Tuesday

Photograph: SnapsIndia

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