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Dharmana likely to move High Court

Hyderabad, Aug 17 (): Dharmana Prasada Rao, Roads & Buildings Minister, who resigned  his post after the CBI charge sheeted him in Jagan Mohan Reddy’s illegal investments case, is reportedly consulting lawyers to set up a line of defence against his inclusion in the CBI charge-sheet in the High Court.

The minister on Thursday also had a discussion with his supporters, regarding the case which included various ministers.

Revenue Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy, while strongly defending his Cabinet colleague said that there was no need for the Chief Minister of the state to accept the resignation of the minister who quit his post over the issue of allotment of land for Vanpic (Vadarevu and Nizampatnam Ports Industrial Corridor) project.

“Dharmana had committed no wrong in allotment of land for the project and absolutely there was no need to resign his post,” said Mr. Raghuveera Reddy at a weekly programme Prajahitham, with an intention to brief the media about the government’s activities.

When asked as what prohibited him from assisting the government to take back the land, Reddy was believed to have said that the plan for allotment of land for any project was the idea of the respective department. According to Vanpic, the proposal came from Infrastructure & Investment Department. Therefore it was indeed necessary for a joint discussion from the concerned departments to withdraw the GOs, said Mr Reddy.

Sources said a number of ministers came in support of Dharmana Prasada Rao, after the CBI charge sheeted him in Jagan Mohan Reddy’s illegal investments case. Mr Reddy while interacting with the reporters said that the whole cabinet would stand behind Dharmana as it was considered to be a collective responsibility of the Cabinet and not an individual decision.

The CBI in its fourth charge-sheet has named State Roads Minister, Dharmana Prasad Rao as accused no.5 in addition to two senior IAS officers – Manmohan Singh and M. Samuel.