Kolusu Parthasarathy: sentence has been suspended by HC
Minister for Secondary Education Kolusu Parthasarathy has categorically stated that the sentence of punishment in the FERA case made against him by a lower court has been suspended by the High Court.
Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Mr. Parthasarathy said that the demands of Telugu Desam Party leaders for his resignation were not justified. He said if the TDP leaders recalled, there were occasions on which Minister posts were given to the party leaders immediately after they were released from jail during the TDP regime.
The sentence of imprisonment and fine that was issued by a lower court in the FERA violation case has been put on suspension by the High Court. The separate Rs. 3 lakh fine slapped by the Enforcement Tribunal in the FERA violation case was challenged by him in the High Court. The High Court, looking into the circumstances, had admitted an appeal on the order of the Tribunal, the Minister said.
The Minister said he had not mentioned in his affidavit to the Election Commission the FERA cases in 2009 because he was no more with the firm that had paid an advance to a Swiss firm that led to the FERA dispute. “My legal advisors told me that I need not include the case in the affidavit because I had quit as director of the company,” the Minister explained.
Details of the case were included in the affidavit filed to the Election Commission in 2004, he said. These matters were governed by the House of Representatives Act and a member would be disqualified if he or she benefits from the omission of any information, the Minister explained.
He said the order of the Tribunal, which slapped a fine of Rs. 3 lakh, was issued after inordinate delay and it was never served to the company. The dispatch section of the Tribunal failed to produce an acknowledgement for the serving of the order. An appeal had been made to the High Court putting together all these facts, the Minister said.
The Krishna district Congress Committee president Naraharisetti Narasimha Rao said that former Home Minister Kodela Siva Prasada Rao demanding Mr. Parthsarathy’s resignation was like the pot calling the kettle black. Several criminal cases were booked against Dr. Siva Prasada Rao when he was a Minister, but he never once thought of resigning, he said.