Paving the way for the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to proceed with the Satyam scam case, the state government has issued an order designating the local court trying the multi-crore accounting scandal as a sessions court. As per the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), courts lower than sessions court cannot try cases filed by the Enforcement Directorate.
“In the circumstances explained by the registrar (vigilance), AP High Court, the government, after careful examination of the proposal, hereby designates the XXI additional chief metropolitan magistrate’s court, Nampally, as the sessions court”, the Government Order (GO) issued last week said.
The ED, which was awaiting an administrative decision of the High Court in designating a competent court as a special court for ED cases, is now getting ready to file its chargesheet in the case.
Suspended district judge of Hyderabad small causes court Lakshmi Narasimha Rao made a blast in Cash for bail scam, in his confessional statement, said Gali Janardhana Reddy’s men were in fact ready to spend even Rs 100 crore as against Rs 10 crore or Rs 20 crore reported earlier, who is currently implicated in the Obulapuram mining scam. He told the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) authorities that Janardhana Reddy’s relative, Dasaratharami Reddy, offered him Rs 100 crore and the offer motivated him to start trials.
The ACB has ample proof to substantiate that initially, the proposal was placed before CBI judge Naga Maruti Sharma through Rao in cash- for- bail scam. However, Sharma, who was the principal judge at the CBI special court then, rejected the proposal. A petition was filed by Gali Janardhana Reddy to allow Sharma hear his case even after the AP high court shuffled the CBI special court judges.
After Sharma’s transfer, Pattabhi Rama Rao came to the post. Soon, Prabhakara Rao was sent to clinch a deal with him on the bail issue. Pattabhi Rama Rao rejected the deal. He, however, agreed when approached through retired judge and his childhood friend Chalapati Rao in cash- for- bail scam.
Meanwhile, the ACB authorities raided Lakshmi Narasimha Rao’s house and seized cheques worth Rs 82 lakh. They already obtained a confessional statement from him on July 11. Arguments on the ACB’s petition for custody of Lakshmi Narasimha Rao and mediator Surya Prakash concluded on Friday. The court has posted its decision to Saturday.
In case of legal aid to ministers the AP High Court denied from entertaining and adjudicating a writ petition filed challenging the State government’s order to provide financial assistance to Ministers who have been served notices by the Supreme Court.
The Supreme court had ordered notice to six ministers seeking explanation why the petition filed, seeking a direction to initiate action against them for their alleged role in issuing the controversial Government Orders connected to illegal assets case pertaining to Kadapa Member of Parliament Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, should not be entertained.
The Andhra government issued funds to the legal battle of these ministers which was challenged through a writ petition filed by O.M. Debara.
A division bench of the High Court comprising Acting Chief Justice P.C. Ghose and Justice Vilas Afzalpurkar took note of the fact that the matter was pending in the Supreme Court and said this was not the appropriate stage to review the Andhra government’s decision.