Ministers should quit to facilitate probe: TDP

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Demands probe by sitting judge into misappropriation

Chief Secretary should opt for leave, says TDP

HYDERABAD: The Telugu Desam Party has demanded that the government order an inquiry by a sitting judge into the alleged ‘misappropriation of funds’ by several departments including the School Education Department that entrusted works to an executive engineer of the Fisheries wing of the Animal Husbandry department.

The TDP has demanded that the Ministers allegedly involved in the issue should tender their resignations voluntarily or Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy should sack them. Chief Secretary P. Ramakanth Reddy whose name too figured in the list should opt for leave for facilitating an impartial probe into the scandal or the government should replace him. TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu said the magnitude of “corruption” in the present government was evident from the fact that Suryanarayana, an executive engineer in a small department like fisheries, could amass wealth to the tune of Rs. 125 crore and more. “It has become a tradition for the government to institute inquiries by retired judges and get clean chits. But, an inquiry by a sitting High Court judge will reveal the extent of irregularities committed ,” he said

CBI probe demanded

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) demanded an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation Into the alleged “misappropriation” funds by an executive engineer of the Fisheries department in connivance with senior officials and Ministers.

The CPI (M) said that regular inquiry into the issue was not likely to yield result in view of the alleged involvement of senior officials and ruling party leaders and demanded that the Government initiate stringent action against those found guilty of “swindling away” public money.