SC rejects Emmar''s plea on Hyderabad project

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New Delhi, Feb 10 (PTI) The Supreme Court today declinedto entertain the plea of Dubai-based Emmar properties againstthe proceedings initiated by the Andhra Pradesh High courtinto alleged irregularities in development of a controversialintegrated township project on in Gachibowli near Hyderabad.

A bench comprising justice Dalveer Bhandari and DeepakVerma refused to entertain the petition filed by EmmarProperties.

However, the apex court directed the High Court to decidethe maintainability of the plea, which was based on a letterwritten by state Minister for Handlooms and Textiles, Dr PShanker Rao which was converted into a petition

In the letter, Rao had alleged that Y S JaganmohanReddy, MP and son of late Y S Rajashekara Reddy had causedloss to the exchequer by misusing power and position of hisfather as Chief Minister by favouring Emmar throughstate-controlled Andhra Pradesh Industrial InfrastructureCorporation (APIIC).

The High Court had on November 22, 2011 converted Rao''sletter into a petition and impleaded CBI and Director ofVigilance, State of Andhra Pradesh.

It had also issued show cause notices to state governmentand Emmar asking why appropriate directions for probing intothe irregularities and illegalities committed should not beissued.

Challenging the order, Emmar submitted,"the High Courthas allowed itself to be drawn into a political battle beingfought between the Congress Party on the one hand and thefaction led by YS Jaganmohan Reddy on the other hand in theState of Andhra Pradesh."

"Mere letter by a person could not have been convertedinto a PIL without following the various guidelines being laidby this Hon�ble Court from time to time and more so when aperson writing such letter is a sitting MLA and a cabinetminister in the state and thus a representative of the peoplewho has the recourse of taking the facts to the LegislativeAssembly and raise his voice there and settle irregularity, ifany, by way of an executive order," the realtor said.

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