Sreenu killing:state govt. ready for retired judge probe

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Hyderabad, Nov 12 (UNI) Brushing aside the demand of opposition parties for an inquiry by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court or High Court into the killing in prison of Moddu Sreenu, main accused in the murder of TDP leader Paritala Ravindra, Andhra Pradesh Home Minister K Jana Reddy today offered to order a probe by a retired judge into the killing.

Talking to reporters here, he said the apex court had made it clear in the past that it was not in a position to spare sitting judges for any such probe, given the huge pendency of cases in courts.

''If the Opposition parties want, the government is ready to order an inquiry by a retired judge,'' he said.

Denying any role of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy or his son Y Jaganmohan Reddy or Panchayat Raj Minister J C Diwakar Reddy in the killing, he contended the opposition parties were only trying to ''tarnish'' the image of the Congress government carrying out a ''false propoganda'' against the ruling party with ''ulterior political motives'' to gain political mileage.

The government had agreed to conduct a re-post mortem only to remove suspicion in the minds of the people, as it had nothing to hide, he said.

Probes being conducted by the Anantapur Superintendent of Police and Director General of Police(Prisons) were going on at ''swift pace'', he added.

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