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Dharmana Prasada Rao


Dharmana Prasada Rao is a politician of the Congress party in Andhra Pradesh. He is currently the Roads and Buildings Minister in Kiran Kumar Reddy's government.

He is a MLA representing Srikakulam constituency in Andhra Pradesh. D Prasada Rao served as the Minister for Revenue, Relief & Rehabilitation and Urban Land Ceiling in both K Rosaiah's Government and in Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's Government.

Controversies

Vanpic project

Dharmana Prasada Rao was accused for committing several irregularities in the implementation of the Vanpic project when the was the Revenue Minister in Rajasekhara Reddy's government.

He is the accused no. 5 in the CBI's fourth chargesheet filed in the Vanpic case which is related to the disproportionate assets case against Jagan Mohan Reddy. Dharmana has tendered his resignation on 14 August 2012, but his resignation has been kept on hold.

On 23 November 2012, the Andhra Pradesh State Government has denied permission to the CBI to prosecute Dharmana Prasada Rao in connection with the Vanpic project. In a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, the permission was unanimously rejected by the Cabinet barring Health minister DL Ravindra Reddy.

Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan has returned the Prasada Rao's file back to the Cabinet which was sent to his approval. The Governor has advised the Cabinet to take further legal opinion before rejecting the permission to prosecute Dharmana Prasada Rao in the Vanpic case.

The CBI contends that sanction of prosecution for Dharmana Prasada Rao is not required by the government as the Supreme Court in an earlier case has ruled that government's permission is not required for offences committed by public servants in their earlier posts.

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