In what is being termed as a maneuver by the Jagan group, a lawyer from Nellore district petitioned to the Supreme Court, questioning the CBI probing into Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s illegal assets, making him accused and leaving the ministers and IAS officials responsible for issuing GOs that favoured him, without even questioning.
Admitting the petition, the Supreme Court issued notices to six state ministers and 8 senior IAS officers on their involvement in the issuance of 26 GOs which allegedly doled out favors to the son of the late Chief Minister Dr. Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. The Apex Court’s decision has caused quite a commotion in the government as all the ministers who were served notices were seniors.
The Apex Court’s decision has brought cheers to the Jagan camp as it made the ministers and IAS officials jittery. Now it has become the responsibility for all these top administrators to prove the innocence of Jagan. At least they should prove that the 26 GOs issued by them were not for any quid pro quo consideration. If they succeed in proving that the GOs were issued under genuine conditions and that there was no intention of doing any favor to any one, then there would be no quid pro quo and if there is no quid pro quo, there is no case against Jagan.
Congress leaders are openly alleging that Jagan himself got lawyer Sudhakar Reddy of Nellore file this petition in the court. They are fuming that instead of proving his innocence, Jagan was trying to take others along with him into the jail. Jagan’s supporters while denying that the lawyer was known to them, were stating that natural justice demanded that enquiry should be made against all the concerned and not Jagan, who was never in power. They are pointing at Article 164 of the constitution which makes all the ministers collectively responsible for decisions taken by the cabinet. This would mean that they propose to make other ministers also responsible for all the irregularities committed during the YSR regime.
Privately it is being said that the Chief Minister, the impugned ministers and officers would do everything in their power to prove their innocence and in the process, extricate Jagan from the quagmire he got himself stuck in.