Andhra CM Orders Probe Into Power Purchase Agreements Approved By Former CM
Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday (26 June 2019) ordered a probe into alleged corruption in Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) signed by former CM Chandrababu Naidu. This comes days after the CM ordered the demolition of ‘Praja Vedika’, a building constructed by the previous Telegu Desam Party (TDP) government.
Jagan, in a review meeting with officials in Amravati, ordered formation of a cabinet sub-committee to investigate into alleged corruption and scandals that surfaced during the Naidu-led TDP government. Further, the committee will have the support of the Crime Investigation Department, the Vigilance Enforcement Department and the Anti-Corruption Bureau.
During the meeting, Jagan alleged that due to the corruption that had taken place in the solar power and wind power purchases, the Andhra government exchequer suffered a loss of Rs 2,636 crore.
Blaming former CM Naidu and ministers during Naidu’s tenure for the losses, Jagan urged for strict legal actions against them.
Center Writes To State Government
After winning the people’s mandate, CM Jagan, on May 26, had announced that he would initiate a probe into the alleged financial irregularities in the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and various other schemes launched by former CM Chandrababu Naidu.
Following Jagan’s announcement, the centre urged the state government to abstain from initiating any probe. The central government stated that the move will shake the confidence of investors in the power sector and affect future investments in the country.
Jagan Allows CBI To Conduct Probe In Andhra Pradesh
The YSRCP government, on June 6, going against the TDP government order that restricted the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) to probe any irregularities or corruption cases in Andhra Pradesh, allowed the investigation agency to have all powers to take up corruption cases.
The YSRCP issued a fresh order cancelling the government order issued by the TDP government. “The order issued on November 8, 2018, is hereby cancelled under the provisions of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946,” the government order said.
Chandrababu Naidu, in 2018, had withdrawn the “general consent” accorded to the central investigation agency “to exercise the powers and jurisdiction” in the state of Andhra Pradesh.