The Principal Special Court for CBI Cases here on Thursday expressed displeasure at senior IAS officer L.V. Subramanyam, who is also an accused in the Emaar Properties land deal case, for his continuous failure to appear before it since June last.
Judge U. Durga Prasada Rao pulled up the officer while extending judicial remand of the accused in the Emaar, OMC and Jagan (Vanpic) cases and told him to appear in court on February 14 without fail.
Pointed question to counsel
The judge asked counsel for Mr. Subramnayam, currently Executive Officer of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), as to how many times he had turned up in court after charges against him were taken into cognizance as he did not see him in the court so far.
The judge sought to know what problems the officer had in attending the court when others, including IAS officers and a Minister, were marking their presence.
The only instance when Mr. Subramanyam appeared in court was on June 18 last year after the court had issued summons. The present judge took charge in the fourth week of June.
The judge directed Mr. Subramanyam’s counsel to furnish details of the meetings he was engaged in on the days on which he was required to appear in court after June 18 last.
Charge against official
Mr. Subramanyam was the Managing Director of AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) when the Emaar project was conceived. He was included as an accused in the land deal scam by the CBI on February 1 last year by filing a charge-sheet.
The CBI charge against Mr. Subramanyam is that he had fixed the value of land transferred by APIIC to Emaar at Rs. 29 lakh an acre, against Rs. 40 lakh per acre, the market value then.
He is accused of ignoring the suggestion that Emaar should be charged the then market value.
Judge of CBI court seeks to know what problems he had in attending court when others were marking their presence