SC gives shock to ministers in Jagan’s case

In a major embarrassment to the Congress government, the Supreme Court on Monday served notices on six ministers seeking to know why it should not order a CBI investigation into their alleged role in the issuance of 26 controversial GOs in connection with the illegal assets case of YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.

Acting on a petition filed by a Nellore-based advocate P Sudhakar Reddy, the Supreme Court also served notices on 11 IAS officers and also the CBI in the case.

The ministers on whom the notices are being served are: Kanna Lakshminarayana, Mopidevi Venkata Ramana, Sabita Indra Reddy, Ponnala Lakshmaiah, J Geetha Reddy and Dharmana Prasada Rao. The IAS officers include: C V S K Sarma, S V Prasad, Y Srilakshmi, Sam Bob, Ratna Prabha, Adityanath Das, P Samuel, Manmohan Singh and others.

Hitherto, the ministers have been shirking of their responsibility in the decisions taken by late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy stating that they were not party to the behind-the-screen benefits doled out to various companies that had allegedly made illegal investments in Jagan’s business empire.

However, the advocate, in his PIL, argued that the ministers and IAS officers should also be held responsible for all the decisions taken by YSR as they were also signatories to the note files and GOs. If the Supreme Court orders the CBI probe, then, all of them would be in deep soup.