Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: A court on Friday directed the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to investigate the alleged irregularities in estimates for the Yellampalli project and submit a report by March 26.

The court for Special Police Establishment and Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) cases here passed the orders on a private complaint filed before it by advocate V. Srinivas Rao.

Complaint

His complaint identifying Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Principal Secretary, Irrigation, C. V. S. K. Sarma and eight others as accused was referred to the Director-General of ACB for investigation.

Bound to file a crime

As a first step in the investigation, the ACB is now bound to register a crime by issuing the First Information Report (FIR) against the accused under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code.

‘Yet to get court order’

ACB Director-General R.R. Girish Kumar, however, said he had not received the court order yet.

Mr. Srinivas Rao stated in his complaint that the government had jacked up estimates of the project from Rs. 1,366 crore to Rs. 1,757 crore.

Figures tampered with

The accused also tampered with figures relating to the size of pipes and cost of steel, resulting in pecuniary advantage to the contractors and themselves to the tune of Rs. 600 crore. The contract of the project was handled by a joint venture representing IVRL, Sew Infra and Navayuga.

No corrective steps

The petitioner filed 21 documents in support of his allegations.

He lodged a complaint with the ACB on January 24 after the State government failed to take corrective steps.

As he did not meet with success, he moved the court three days ago.