CBI to question 3 more ministers

After some key arrests, the CBI is all set to question three ministers – Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Mopidevi Venkataramana and JGeeta Reddy – in the assets case pertaining toKadapa MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy from Monday onwards.

Sources said excise minister Mopidevi will be quizzed on the role played by him in the controversial Vadarevu and Nizampatnam Port and Industrial Corridor (Vanpic) deal. In his earlier stint as minister in the YSR cabinet, Mopidevi held the ports portfolio and it was during this period that the Vanpic project was given several concessions including the allotment of 28,000 acres of land in Guntur and Prakasam districts.

IT minister Ponnala held the irrigation portfolio during the YSR regime and the CBI is probing the possible flow of quid pro quo benefits to Jagan-owned Jagati Publications (the publisher of Sakshi newspaper) from the contractors who were given the works of the irrigation projects.

J Geeta Reddy is likely to face questions on the concessions she extended to Brahmani Steels in Kadapa district when she was holding the industries portfolio during the YSR regime. This company, which never saw the light of the day despite getting 10,700 acres of land, was shown as a pretext for OMC’s iron ore scam.

The CBI may end up quizzing all the six ministers who were given notices by the Supreme Court. Already Sabita Indra Reddy and Dharmana Prasada Rao were questioned. Mopidevi will be quizzed for the second time in the Jagan assets case.