Jan 01, 2013, 02.38 PM IST | Source: PTI

DA case: Court to hear CBI plea against AP ministers on Jan 4

DA case: Court to hear CBI plea against AP ministers on Jan 4

Hyderabad, Dec 31 (PTI) A special court today posted to January 4 the CBI's plea seeking to prosecute a current and a former Andhra Pradesh minister in the disproportionate assets case against YSR Congress Chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The court also directed that Roads and Buildings Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao and former minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana Rao, should remain present in the court on that day. Dharmana and Mopidevi, who held the Excise portfolio when he was arrested in May this year, are among the 14 charge-sheeted accused in the Vanpic aspect of the assets case. Mopidevi is presently under judicial custody. CBI has contended that sanction for prosecution against both the accused was not necessary and court may take cognisance of cases against them under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Dharmana was Revenue Minister during Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's tenure in 2004-2009, when the 'Vanpic Project' was conceived. Mopidevi was then Infrastructure Minister. The CBI said as the two accused no more held the same portfolios, sanction for prosecution was not required. Dharmana and Mopidevi are appearing in court for offences under Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the investigating agency had earlier said that both of them should be brought to book under PC Act. According to CBI, promoter of Vanpic Project, Nimmagadda Prasad, (already arrested and under judicial custody) invested Rs 854 crore in the companies belonging to Jagan as part of quid-pro-quo transactions. PTI VVK NP DBR BAS

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