AMARAVATI: The new government headed by YSRC leader Jagan Mohan Reddy has, with a single stroke of his pen, withdrawn the order of the previous chief minister Chandrababu Naidu denying entry to CBI for investigations in Andhra Pradesh. A central rule requires that state government’s permission is necessary for a central agency like CBI to go to a state for investigations into cases. Generally, governments grant this freedom to CBI.
Naidu issued the ban order on CBI in November last, allegedly after sensing that the agency might investigate several financial frauds in the state at the suspected behest of the CM or his henchmen. Reports say the CBI might now take up investigations into several cases of corruption in the state involving Rs 25,000crore during the term of the Naidu government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had, in one election campaign meet, noted that Naidu was using the various development projects as his personal ATMs – to draw huge amounts of money for himself. Among others, the ambitious Polavaram project involving central funds too is likely to come under CBI scanner. Its original estimated cost of Rs 16,000 had risen under Naidu’s term to Rs 59,000crore.
There are also several allegations in respect of land pooling for the Amaravati capital region development initiated by Naidu as new AP’s first CM since 2014. Reports say land records of over one lakh acres of land were now missing – raising possibilities of another huge fraud. –IHN-NN
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