ANDHRA PRADESH

TDP to sue ‘tainted’ Ministers

Special Correspondent

Lok Ayukta’s silence over Fisheries scandal fishy: party leaders



Party suspects ACB was given ‘go slow’ order

Refutes charge that scam began during TDP rule



HYDERABAD: Telugu Desam Party on Tuesday called for a boycott of public functions attended by six Ministers who are allegedly involved in the irregularities committed by the Fisheries department executive engineer, V. Suryanarayana.

Addressing a press conference, TDP leaders, K. Vijayarama Rao, P. Chandrasekhar and P. Yadagiri said the party has also decided to file corruption cases against the Ministers and other officials involved in the “multicrore scam,” in police stations, Anti-Corruption Bureau offices and local courts in the 14 districts where the misappropriation and irregularities have come to light. They also expressed surprise at the way the anti-corruption institution of Lok Ayukta was maintaining silence instead of suo motu taking up this “fit case”. The ACB too was confining itself to Mr. Suryanarayana and not doing the necessary follow-up, by probing the role played by the Ministers and other officers. This could be because it might have got “go slow” instruction from the top during a recent review after the arrest of Mr. Suryanarayana.

Precedents cited

As was the case with earlier instance of corruption in irrigation projects, Volkswagen deal, Outer Ring Road and indiscriminate sale of government land, the government was not keen on pursuing the present case to its logical end as the Chief Minister’s Office, Ministers and top bureaucrats were involved, they alleged. “All it has done is appoint a judicial inquiry headed by a retired judge with the Chief Minister himself setting its agenda of giving a clean chit to the guilty.”

Refuting the Congress charge that it was during TDP rule that it all began with the issue of GO 34 allowing sale of uneconomical fish seed farms, they said the GO was was subsequently cancelled. But after the Congress came to power, the sale was revived through a GO on August 18, 2004.

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