CM to delay in accepting resignation of Dharmana

With the CBI filing a chargesheet in the VANPIC case, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is likely to delay the acceptance of the resignation of Andhra Pradesh Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao who resigned on August 14 after the investigating agency named him as fifth accused in the Kadapa MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s illegal assets case. Sources said the Chief Minister will send a report to Governor E S L Narasimhan on the request of CBI to prosecute Mr Rao. If the Governor gives his consent to the prosecution, the Chief Minister has no other way but accept the resignation of the minister, the sources added. The sources said despite the CBI mentioning the names of two IAS officers –Manmohan Singh, who is presently Principal Secretary Animal Husbandry and Fisheries and M Samuel, Special Secretary, Environment and Forest, as accused in its fourth charge sheet submitted to the CBI court on August 13, they were likely to continue in their posts.