TDP fears inquiry on properties: Satyanarayana

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Hyderabad, Oct 13 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Housing Minister Botsa Satyanarayana today alleged that the TDP (Telugu Desam Party) President N Chandrababu Naidu's demand for an inquiry by a High Court sitting judge into the amassing of properties by Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and himself(Mr Naidu) was only aimed at avoiding the probe.

Addressing a press conference here, he said Mr Naidu had rejected the government's proposal to order an inquiry by a retired judge as he was fully aware that the Supreme Court and the High Court had expressed their inability to spare sitting judges for inquiry commissions.

Alleging that Mr Naidu had no policy and idea and relied only on reports of some newspapers in the state, he said the TDP Chief had refused to order any inquiry into several scams, including liquor scandal kickbacks and disproportionate wealth acquired by him during his nine-year rule.

While Mr Naidu had not divulged about his properties and business dealings to the public so far, the Chief Minister had revealed the details about his properties, financial position from his school days, extent of properties belonging to his father and business activities of his son, the Minister said.

In a separate press meet at the party headquarters 'Gandhi Bhavan,' Congress spokesperson N Tulasi Reddy alleged that Mr Naidu's refusal for conducting an inquiry by a retired judge showed his real intention and motive.

''Mr Naidu was always against inquiry commissions as he feared that real facts would be exposed,'' he said, pointing out that when the Anti-Corruption Bureau court had ordered its Director-General to make an inquiry into the disproportionate wealth acquired by Mr Naidu, he approached the High Court and obtained a stay on the probe.

He said the Chief Minister had ordered probes either by CBI or CB-CID on all allegations levelled by the opposition parties, but they (TDP) had failed to prove even a single allegation.

The Minister said if Mr Naidu was not ready for an inquiry by a retired judge, he should tender an apology for making allegations against the Chief Minister.

UNI

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