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Updated: April 10, 2013 12:13 IST

Sabitha must not quit, Azad tells Kiran

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Ghulam Nabi Azad
Ghulam Nabi Azad

CBI urges special court to issue summons to Home Minister

AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad called up Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday to inquire about the charge-sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy and asked him to counsel her not to resign.

Sources said Mr. Azad specifically stated that there was no need for the Home Minister to take the extreme step of quitting her post. He reportedly said that the whole issue could be discussed upon the return of AICC president Sonia Gandhi to New Delhi.

APCC president Botcha Satyanarayana is leaving for New Delhi on Wednesday morning from Visakhapatnam. He is likely to appraise the central leadership about the fallout of the CBI charge-sheet and also the fear among the other three Ministers about the assets case.

Meanwhile, the CBI requested a special court here to issue summons for appearance of Ms. Sabitha Reddy and 12 other accused in the fresh charge-sheet filed in the assets case against Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy. The CBI made the request by filing a two-page memo in the court urging it to take the offences charged against the accused into cognizance and issue summons for their personal appearance.

Apart from 10 individuals charge-sheeted by the CBI, three cement companies – Raghuram (Bharathi), Dalmia and Eswar represented by Jagan, Puneet Dalmia and Sajjala Diwakar Reddy -- have also been named. The three were also included as accused in their individual capacity.

As the charge-sheet deals with investments made by Dalmia Cements in Jagan’s companies and allotment of limestone mines to it by the government in return of its investments as quid pro quo arrangement, the document of charges has three other individual functionaries of the company named as accused.

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