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Governor rejects Cabinet recommendation not to allow prosecution of Dharmana Prasada Rao

December 20, 2012 - Hyderabad

In a jolt to the state government, Governor ESL Narasimhan has rejected the State Government recommendation not to sanction the Central Bureau of Investigation to prosecute the Roads & Buildings Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao in the Vanpic case.

The State Cabinet, in its meeting on November 23, had passed a resolution to not accord permission to the CBI to prosecute the minister Dharmana Prasada Rao in connection to the case of allotment of land to VANPIC project. The resolution was sent to the Governor for his approval. The Governor has recently returned the file to the Chief Minister advising the Cabinet to seek further legal opinion on the plea of the investigating agency. Sources say that the Governor was advised that the cabinet resolution won't stand the judicial scrutiny.

Senior Congress leader K Keshava Rao addressed a letter to the Governor earlier asking him to reject the Cabinet's ill-advised decision as the CBI had found prima facie evidence and filed the charge sheet. Another senior Congress MP V Hanumantha Rao accused the Chief Minister of trying to save Dharmana Prasada Rao against the wishes of the AICC president Sonia Gandhi in rooting out corruption and added that the actions of the Chief Minister will only help YSR Congress president Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Meanwhile questions were also raised within the ruling party and the Opposition about the motive behind referring Dharmana Prasada Rao issue to the Governor through a Cabinet decision while adopting a different role for Mopidevi Venkata Ramana Rao who is currently in jail as they both are facing charges in the disproportionate assets case of Jagan Mohan Reddy.

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