Jagan seeks CBI probe into Naidu role in mining scam

YSR Congress Party president and MP Jagan Mohan Reddy comes out after appearing before the CBI at Sultan Bazar in Hyderabad on Friday. Pic: Mohammed Aleemuddin

Speaking to reporters after being grilled by the CBI at the Kothi office, Jaganmohan said he had given a document (GO MS 80)  issued in 2002 to the probe agency , according to which Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) mining leases were issued by the then TDP government and not his father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.

Jaganmohan also pointed out that during the TDP regime the lease of 64.2 acres was transferred to the OMC in 2002. He flaunted the GO copy before the media and explained that when Naidu was the chief minister, 64.2 acres was leased to one Ram Mohan Reddy. Later, Naidu transferred the same land to the OMC in 2002 as it was a government affair, he said.

Jaganmohan said though the investigations into the OMC affair was going on for the past one and a half years the CBI thought it fit to only summon him to gather information and not bothered to question Naidu who in fact was “responsible” for transferring the land.

The Kadapa MP, who is already facing a disproportionate assets case, was summoned as a witness by the agency to throw light on the lease agreement and on alleged stake of OMC associate companies in his media company.

CBI sources said Jagan was asked about 100 questions to most of which he replied in short monosyllables. “We were keen to study his psychological standards,” said a CBI source.

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