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AP Congress chief defends ministers

Andhra Pradesh state Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana on Sunday defended ministers facing charges in YSR Congress party leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy’s disproportionate assets case.

He said that ministers in Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s (YSR) cabinet acted on the late chief minister’s directions and claimed they had nothing to do with the ‘dealings’ behind such decisions.

Botsa, who is also minister for transport, was talking to reporters in the temple town of Tirupati.

He said while the then cabinet was collectively responsible for the decisions taken, they neither had knowledge of the real beneficiaries of the decisions nor were connected to the ‘deals’.

Botsa also served as minister in YSR’s cabinet from 2004 to 2009.

YSR died in a helicopter crash in September 2009, a few months after the Congress retained power in the state.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing his son Jaganmohan Reddy’s alleged illegal assets, has named three state ministers as accused in the case.

One of the ministers, Mopidevi Venkatramna, who resigned after his arrest in May last year, is currently in Chanchalguda Jail, where Jaganmohan is also lodged.
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