The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday examined senior IAS officer M. Samuel in the case of quid pro quo benefits got by various companies from the State government for investments in Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy's businesses.
He was said to have been asked about land allotments to various companies, including Vadarevu and Nizampatnam Port and Industrial Corridor Project (VANPIC) promoted by Nimmagadda Prasad who invested Rs.244 crore in Bharati Cement and Rs.20 crore in Carmel Asia Holdings. Both companies are owned by Mr. Reddy. Another Rs.100 crore was invested by three other arms of Mr. Prasad in Mr. Reddy-owned Jagati Publications. The CBI has already stated in the FIR submitted to the court that VANPIC was allotted more than 15,000 acres of land in Prakasam and Guntur districts in return for investments into Mr. Reddy's companies. Mr. Samuel was the Principal Secretary of Revenue at that time in YSR government. Sources in CBI said the statement of Mr. Samuel was recorded as a witness for land allotments to Mr. Prasad and other industrialists. He is presently special chief secretary of forest, environment, science and technology.