Ponnala appears before CBI

Andhra Pradesh IT Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah on Thursday appeared before the CBI in connection with a case pertaining to alleged illegal assets involving YSR Congress president YS Jaganmohan Reddy even as the agency continued for the fifth day the custodial interrogation of the Kadapa MP.

CBI, which had summoned the minister, is likely to examine him over Government Orders (GOs), issued during 2004-09 by the Irrigation department, when he was the Major Irrigation minister in the cabinet of late YS Rajasekhara Reddy, on supply of water from river Krishna and Kagina to some cement firms, which in turn allegedly made investments in Jagan-owned businesses.

Before proceeding to the CBI office at Koti, Ponnala told reporters that he will reply to all queries of the agency. “I respect the law and will cooperate with the investigating agency…I have not done anything wrong.”

Ponnala is among the six Andhra Pradesh ministers who were issued notices by the Supreme Court in March, seeking their stand on the charge about their alleged role in the case against Jagan.

The central agency which has so far arrested Jagan, his financial advisor V Vijay Sai Reddy (currently out on bail), former AP Minister Mopidevi Venkatramana Rao, industrialist Nimmagadda Prasad and senior bureaucrat K V Brahmananda Reddy in the case has also quizzed two other AP Minister including Sabitha Indra Reddy and Dharmana Prasada Rao over the controversial GOs.