1) What is the CBI case about? Who filed the case and against who?
Under instructions from Sonia Gandhi, Shankar Rao, a Congress MLA and a well-known YSRbaiter had written to the High Court alleging that YS Jaganmohan Reddy's wealth was ill-gottenand that the investments had flown into Jaganmohan Reddy's companies on a quid pro quobasis. The letter in question had alleged that the beneficiaries of YSR Government largesse hadin turn made investments in Jaganmohan Reddy's firms at high premium. Sensing an opportunity,the Telugu Desam Party wanted to fish in the troubled waters and its leaders Yerran Naidu,Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Byreddy Rajasekhara Reddy had impleaded themselves in thepetition. During the run-up to the 2009 polls, the TDP had circulated a book titled "Rajah of Corruption" drawing mainly from the slew of allegations churned out by Telugu dailies Eenaduand Andhra Jyothi with a devious intention to malign Jagan at the national-level. These veryallegations formed the basis of the documents that Shankar Rao's letter and the contents of thesame document were again submitted by the TDP leaders to the High Court. Significantly, thereports doled out by Eenadu and Andhra Jyothi were the exact photocopies of IT assessmentorders issued to Jagan. Sadly, the High Court had taken into consideration these very same jottings of the IT department. Even a cursory look would convince anyone of the forces behind thesmear campaign against Jaganmohan Reddy. It is on the basis of the allegations levelled byShankar Rao and the TDP that the High Court had initially ordered a preliminary probe and thenfollowed it up with a comprehensive probe.
2) Why did the High Court order a CBI inquiry?
The petitioners had furnished the write-ups published in pro-TDP dailies as also the returns filedby Jaganmohan Reddy and the documents submitted to the Registrar of Companies (RoC) tosubstantiate their allegations. The fact, however, remains that neither CAG, nor a HouseCommittee nor a probe commission had upheld these accusations. Normally, any due process of law in any crime requires filing of an FIR. But, in this case, no FIR was filed beforehand.
3) Media has also been reporting about the Emmar case. What is Emmar case about?
The Chandrababu Naidu regime had allocated 600 acres of prime land abutting Hyderabad'sHitec City for constructing amenities such as golf courses, star hotels and upmarket villages tothe Emmar. Even the most conservative of the estimates had put the worth of the allocated landat a whopping Rs 10,000 crore. The chief contention in this case pertains to the accusation thatthe Emmar had reneged on the MoUs that it had entered into with the APIIC and resultantly hadcaused huge losses to the exchequer. Another accusation is that the prime villas had beengrossly undervalued to siphon off funds that would otherwise have accrued to the Governmentcoffers. A vigilance report forms the basis of this accusation.
4) Are Jagan case and the Emmar case one and the same? At least, that is what a sectionof the media is seeking to portray!
No. This is nothing but a vilification campaign unleashed by the
comprisingEenadu, Andhra Jyothi, TV9 and Studio N. They are resorting to this dirty trick as they are unableto take on Jaganmohan Reddy directly. both are two different cases that are being taken up bythe same division bench of the High Court.
5) Who is Shankar Rao? Why did he file a case and what did he complain about?
Shankar Rao is a Congress MLA, who has the dubious distinction of not having any worthwhilecontribution to his credit. He has been elected to the Legislative Assembly from SecunderabadContonment constitutency. He is part of the cabal involved in mud-slinging on JaganmohanReddy. He has been virulently anti-YS Rajasekhara Reddy and had nursed a grudge against himfor having denied him a ministerial berth. He wrote a letter against Jaganmohan Reddy to theHigh Court in October last year demanding a probe into his assets. This, he did with an eye on acabinet post. In his letter, Rao had accused that YS Rajasekhara Reddy had misused his chief minister's position to illegally grant several projects to a few industrialists and that they had,return, invested in Jagan's firms at an exorbitant premium. The moment the High Court had takencognizance of the letter, Shankar Rao was rewarded with a ministerial post. This fact alone goesto prove that the Congress High Command was involved in a vicious campaign against YSR's