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Covering up corruption

Anti-corruption activists in Andhra Pradesh are worried about the several secrets the erstwhile Chandrababu Naidu government is trying to cover through legal means. The attempt by former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to prevent the Jagan Mohan Reddy
Government from getting all “the decisions taken by it while in power, thoroughly investigated”, itself makes him culpable.
The three planks on which the YSR Congress Party contested and won the 2019 Assembly Elections were getting Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh, protect the interests of the poor and recover over Rs 5 lakh crore public money embezzled by the Chandrababu
Naidu Government that came to power after bifurcation of the state.
Fulfilling the commitments it made to the people of the state the Jagan Mohan Reddy Government constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to inquire thoroughly into all the major decisions taken by the Telugu Desam Government. There are allegations that the
erstwhile Chief Minister Mr. Naidu, his Cabinet colleagues and some important leaders of the TDP amassed a fortune of Rs 5 lakh crores in the short period of four and a half years.
Nearly 40 per cent of the funds allocated to irrigation projects, that is Rs 20,000 crore, have been taken from contractors to award them tenders and clearing bills, anti-corruption activists say.
Mr Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh, Ministers in their Cabinet used rules and regulations governing land in the state to amass huge amounts.
According to estimates of the anti-corruption activists the real-estate business those in Government could corner in just Amaravati was more than Rs 1.5 lakh crores.
Key persons in the TDP government have been charged with being involved in such land scams all over the state. The worst was the land scam in Visakhapatnam in which a Minister allegedly used a natural calamity to destroy land records and then grab land on a massive
scale.
The YSRCP Govt constituted a SIT under provisions of the “Prevention of Corruption Act” but the TDP party leaders Varla Ramaiah and Alapati Raja challenged the same in AP High Court and got it stayed. The Jagan Mohan Reddy government has approached the Supreme
Court to get the stay lifted, but the TDP leaders are using delaying tactics, the activists bemoan.
The activists argue that fear of investigation was a big deterrent to corruption. Unfortunately the premise that investigation was a tool of political vendetta was being accepted in the legal circles and that would be counterproductive to the cause of curbing corruptions, the activists
say.
The anti-corruption activists say the formidable task in front of them is to make the people of the state realizes that political leaders who try to block investigation of corruption allegations against them are culpable to the offences. If the leaders are blemish less as they claim they should allow the investigations and come out with a clean chit, the activists say.

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