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CBI charge sheets Jagan, 12 others

Andhra Pardesh,Immigration/Law/Rights,Politics, Sat, 31 Mar 2012 IANS

Hyderabad, March 31 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Saturday filed a charge sheet against YSR Congress party leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and 12 others in an illegal assets case.


The investigating agency submitted the charge sheet to special CBI court at the Nampally Criminal Court complex.


The accused have been charged with cheating, criminal conspiracy, forgery and criminal breach of trust, the CBI sources said.


While Jaganmohan Reddy, an MP and son of late chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, is the number one accused, Vijay Sai Reddy, who was arrested by the CBI on Jan 2, is the second accused.


Sai Reddy is the vice-president of Jagati Publications Private Limited (JPPL) and auditor of other companies owned by Jagan.


The MP from Kadapa, who quit Congress party and floated YSR Congress party in 2010, has not yet been arrested.


The CBI sleuths brought the 68-page charge sheet and 263 supporting documents to the court in two trunks. It examined 68 witnesses in the case.


The other accused include Indian Administrative Service (IAS) official B.P. Acharya, who is already in jail in the Emaar-APIIC case.


Charges under sections 120, 120 B, 420, 409, 468 of Indian Penal Code and sections 13 (1) and 13 (2) Prevention of Corruption Act have been filed.


The accused include five companies, which were allegedly benefited by decisions of YSR government for investing into Jagan's businesses in a quid pro quo arrangement. The other individuals named in the charge sheet played a role in the conspiracy.


The other accused are Aurobindo Pharma, Hetero, Trident Technologies, Srinivas Reddy, Nityanand Reddy, Sharat Chandra, Acharya, Vijayalakshmi Prasad, Chandra Mouli, Jagati Publications and Jnani Infrastructure.


Though the CBI had filed an FIR against Jagan and 73 others in August last year following the probe ordered by Andhra Pradesh High Court, the charge sheet has named only 13 organisations and individuals.


Meanwhile, Jagan and Vijay Sai Reddy's counsel Ashok Reddy told reporters that there are no allegations under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Jagan and that he has only been charged under two sections of Prevention of Corruption Act.


The only allegation against Jagan is that he aided his father, he said.


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