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Azharuddin's son continues to battle for life

Former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin's son Mohammed Ayazuddin, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident here yesterday, continued to battle for his life at the Apollo Hospital today.


Azharuddin, now a Congress Lok Sabha member from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, flew in here from London early today and rushed to the hospital after consoling his sister whose 16-year-old son Ajmal-ur-Rahman died in the same accident.


Dr Mahesh Joshi, Head Emergency Medicine, at Apollo Hopsital, said Ayazuddin, the 19-year-old second son of Azharuddin, was still on ventilator.


A multi-specialty team of doctors is closely monitoring his condition and continuing medication to maintain his blood presssure.


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Azharuddin's nephew killed, son critically injured in road mishap in Hyderabad

Former Indian cricket captain and Member of Parliament Mohammed Azharuddin's nephew Ajmal was killed and his son Ayazuddin critically injured in a motorcycle accident here this morning.


Both were rushed to the Apollo Hospital here, where doctors said that, despite their best efforts, they could not save the life of Ajmal, the son of Azharuddin's sister.


They said the condition of Ayazuddin, 19, was "extremely critical". He had suffered injuries in the head, chest and abodomen, they said.


According to Rajendra Nagar police, Ayazuddin, who is studying for his B.Com, was reportedly riding a sports bike when he met with the accident on Outer Ring Road near Narsingh toll gate. Ajmal was the pillion rider.


On hearing about the accident, Azharuddin, said to be in London, had left for Hyderabad, sources said. Ayazuddin is Azharuddin's son from his first wife Noureen.


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Azharuddin’s son seriously injured in road accident

Former Indian cricket captain and Member of Parliament Mohammed Azharuddin's son Ayazuddin was critically injured in a motorcycle accident, and was admitted to a private hospital here this morning.


According to Rajendranagar police, 20-year-old Ayazuddin, who is studying for his B.Com, was reportedly riding a sports bike when he met with the accident on Outer Ring Road near Narsingh toll gate.


The pillion rider, a relative of Ayazuddin, was also injured in the incident. Both of them were admitted to a hospital in the Jubilee Hills area of the city, where the condition of Ayazuddin was stated to be critical.


On hearing about the accident, Azharuddin had left for Hyderabad, sources said.


Ayazuddin is Azharuddin's son from his first wife Noureen.


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GAIL Gas, APGIC, APGDC in pact for city distribution in Andhra Pradesh

GAIL Gas Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the public sector gas major GAIL (India) Limited has signed a Share Holders Agreement (SHA) with Andhra Pradesh Gas Infrastructure Corporation Limited (APGIC) and Andhra Pradesh Gas Distribution Corporation Limited (APGDC) for restructuring of APGDC which will pursue city gas distribution opportunities in the state.

Reddy loyalists stone govt. offices during Bellary strike

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A strike called by loyalists of mining baron and former state Minister G Janardhana Reddy, who was arrested yesterday by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in an illegal mining case in Andhra Pradesh, turned violent when miscreants attacked government offices and threw stones at public transport buses here today.

MLAs supporting Jagan meet Governor on resignation issue

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Legislators loyal to YSR Congress Party President Y S Jaganmohan Reddy today called on Governor E S L Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan and appealed to him to prevail upon the Speaker of the Legislativee Assembly to accept their resignations immediately.

Janardhan Reddy, aide arrested by CBI, sent to 14 days' judicial custody

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today arrested former Karnataka Tourism Minister and mining baron G Janardhan Reddy in an early morning raid at his premises in Bellary as part of its ongoing probe into alleged illegal mining operations by his company in Andhra Pradesh.

CBI arrests Janardhan Reddy, aide in illegal mining case; seize Rs 4.5 crore, 30 kg gold

The CBI on Monday arrested former Karnataka Tourism and Infrastructure Development Minister and mining baron G Janardhan Reddy in an early morning raid at his premises in Bellary as part of its ongoing probe into alleged illegal mining operations by his company in Andhra Pradesh.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today arrested former Karnataka Tourism and Infrastructure Development Minister and mining baron G Janardhan Reddy in an early morning raid at his premises in Bellary.

4 from Hyderabad killed in road mishap in Maharashtra

Four people from Hyderabad died on the spot and two others were injured seriously when their jeep collided head-on with a cement-laden truck near Nibhe-Chiroli village here today.


The jeep was proceeding to Akalkot from Solapur while the truck was travelling in the opposite direction when the incident occurred, the sources in Solapur police control room said.


The injured persons have been admitted to the civil hospital in Solapur, where they were stated to be out of danger, police said.


The deceased have been identified as Gunderao Malikaarjun Birajdar (50), Apparao Mailkaarjun Birajdar (20) and Shamrao Birajdar (18), all members of a family. The identity of the fourth victim was yet to be ascertained.


The bodies has been sent to civil hospital at Solapur for autopsy and their relatives of the victims had been informed, police said.


The victims hailed from Hyderabad city, they said, adding that the truck driver had fled from the scene after the accident.


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Ex-team India bowler Manoj Prabhakar new Chief Coach of Hyderabad Ranji team

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Former India all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar was appointed the chief coach of the Hyderabad Ranji Trophy cricket team today.

In the race for this post, he edged out former India bowlers M V Narasimharao of Hyderabad and Balwinder Singh Sandhu of Mumbai.

Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) executive committee met under President Arshad Ayub and took the decision.

Prabhakar will succeed Venkatapathi Raju, a former India left-arm spinner after Hyderabad was relegated to plate division a couple of seasons ago and was bundled out for a paltry 21 runs in the match against Rajasthan last year.

Prabhakar has played 39 tests scored 1600 runs with an average of 32.65 runs, with 120 as his highest score. He has taken 96 wickets with the average of 37.30. His best performanace was 6/132.

In the 130 ODIs he played, he scored 1,858 runs with an average of 24.12 runs with 106 as his highest score. He took 157 wickets with an average of 28.87 with a best performance of 5/33.

His career ended in ignominy when he was booed on his home ground at Delhi after getting slaughtered (4-0-47-0) against Sri Lanka in the 1995-96 World Cup.

Prabhakar was dropped for the next match and immediately retired. His attempts to implicate others in the match-fixing controversy backfired when he was banned for his own alleged involvement. He continued to stay in the news by entering politics and constesting, unsuccessfully, the Lok Sabha elections.

He later took to coaching, and served as Delhi's bowling coach before taking over Rajasthan ahead of the 2009-10 season. Besides cricket, Manoj Prabhakar heads Naturence Cosmetics.

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Jwala Gutta aims to break into top 10 by year-end

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File photo of Jwala Gutta

After scripting history by winning the women's doubles bronze medal in the World Championships in London, ace Indian shuttler Jwala Gutta aims to break into the top 10 of international rankings by the end of this year.

"Probably, by the end of this year I want to be in the top 10," she said.

Gutta, who is currently ranked 17th along with her doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa, expressed confidence that the duo would get inside the top 15, which is required to qualify for the London Olympics next year.

"I think we should be below top 15. We are presently 17, so I am sure we will get there," she said.

Although Gutta has set her eyes on winning a medal in the Olympics, she said she would like to focus on one tournament at a time for now.

"The World Championship is a preparation for the Olympics. So, I am going to focus on the tournaments before Olympics. I would think of Olympics then," she said.

She will play in tournaments in China and Japan and hopes to put up a good show in the events.

Gutta also said that her mixed-doubles partner V Diju, who underwent surgery for a minor back injury, had recovered now.

"Diju is fine now. He has recovered. But it takes a little while to come back after an injury. I am not putting any pressure on him. His health is more important. But, we will be playing a lot of tournaments. He should be okay," she added.

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IAF aircraft crashes during sortie, pilot bails out

A Kiran aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed last evening at Shamirpet, near here, when the pilot was on a routine sortie.


According to a press release from th Defence Public Relations Officer


late last night, the lone pilot, R K Singh, of the ill-fated aircraft bailed out safely with minor injuries and was admitted in the Military Hospital in Thirmulgherry near Secunderabad.


The accident occurred between 1710 hrs and 1715 hrs last evening. An investigation is on to ascertain the cause of the crash, the release added.


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29 MLAs resign protesting asset case against YSR

Protesting against the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) dragging the name of late Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy into the disproportionate assets case against YSR Congress President Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, as many as 29 legislators, including 23 Congress rebels, submitted their resignations to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker here today.


The legislators, including two Telugu Desam Party (TDP) rebels and one Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) rebel, who are strong supporters of Mr Jaganmohan Reddy, handed over their resignation letters to Assembly Legislature Secretary S Raja Sadaram with a request to forward the same to Speaker Nandendla Manohar who was out of station.


Mr Jaganmohan Reddy is the son of the late chief minister, who was popularly known as YSR.


Earlier, the legislators came in a procession in a bus to the Assembly after garlanding the YSR statue at Panjagutta and Ambedkhar statue near Tank bund.


After submitting their resignations, the legislators sat in front of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Assembly premises and raised slogans against the government for including YSR in the CBI FIR.


Later, talking to newspersons, one of them, former state Minister P Subash Chandrabose urged the Speaker to immediately accept their resignations. "We are also resigning from the party," he added.


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28 Congress rebel MLAs, 2 MPs supporting Jaganmohan Reddy to resign

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The Congress, which has a wafer-thin majority in the 294-member Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly is likely to face a political crisis as about 28 rebel legislators and two Members of Parliament (MPs), supporting YSR Congress Party president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, decided to resign from the party and their posts.

Their decision was to protest against the inclusion of the name of late Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in the first information report (FIR) by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the raids being conducted by the agency in the offices and residences of Mr Jaganmohan Reddy in the disproportionate assets case against him.

Announcing this to reporters after holding a meeting in the YSR Congress Party office here, former Congress Minister Pilli Subash Chandra Bose said the MPs and legislators would submit their resignation letters tomorrow.

He said 22 Congress rebel legislators and two MPs had decided to resign after attending the meeting while three other women legislators - film actress Jayasudha, firebrand Konda Surekha and K Satyavathi - had already resigned for the cause of Telangana state earlier. Their resignation letters are pending with the Speaker while the rest had informed over the telephone about their decision to resign.

Mr Bose said the legislators could not tolerate the late YSR being shown in poor light, that too like a "criminal" by the CBI even though he was instrumental in strengthening the Congress party in the state.

He said the former Chief Minister strived hard to bring the party back to power in the state twice and the Centre with a majority of MPS elected from the state.

The Congress party has a strength of 156, just eight more than a simple majority.

When the Praja Rajyam Party led by actor-turned politician K Chiranjeevi joined the Congress yesterday, its strength has gone up. The MIM, which has seven members, is also likely to support the Congress.

Earlier, state Congress chief Botcha Satyanarayana, at a press conference at Gandhi Bhavan, appealed to the rebel legislators not to tender their resignations.

According to him, when there is an agitation on corruption in the country, it is not wise for the MLAs to resign by supporting Mr Jaganmohan Reddy, who was facing allegations of corruption. At the same time, he also said that the party would not face any crisis if they quit.

The Congress MPs who decided to resign are Mekapati Raj Mohan representing Nellore and Sobhan Hari from Anakapalli.

The 28 legislators are: Pilli Subash Chandra Bose (Ramachandrapuram), Balineni Srinvas Reddy (Ongole), Konda Surekha (Parkalla), Mekapati Chandrasekhar Reddy (Udayagiri), G Srikanth Reddy (Rayachoti), B Siva Prasad Reddy (Darsi), Bhooma Sobha Nagireddy (Allagadda), Ch Adinarayana Reddy (Jammalamadugu), Kapu Ramachandra Reddy (Rayadurgam),

Korla Bharati (Tekkali), K Srinivasulu (Railway Koduru), Golla Babu Rao (Payakaraopet), P Ravi (Putalapattu), K Satyavathi (Bhadrachalam), Jayasudha (Secunderabad), Balaraju (Polavaram), Katasani Ram Bhoopal Reddy (Panyam), B Gurnath Reddy (Anantapur), A Amarnath Reddy (Rajampet), A Nani (Eluru), M Prasad Raju (Narasapuram), K Chennakesava Reddy (Emmiganur), N Sesha Reddy (Anaparthi), Sucharita Reddy (Prathipadu), Dwarampudi Chandrasekhar (Kakinada City), Bal Nagireddy (Mantralayam), Nallapureddy Prasanna Kumar Reddy(Kovvur) and Dharmana Krishna Das (Narasanpet).

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27 Congress rebel MLAs, MP supporting Jaganmohan decide to quit

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Triggering a fresh political crisis in Andhra Pradesh, as many 27 Congress rebel legislators and a Member of Parliament (MP), supporting YSR Congress Party president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, today decided to resign from the party and their posts.

Their decision came in protest against the inclusion of the name of late Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in the first information report (FIR) filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the raids being conducted by the agency on the offices and residences of Mr Jaganmohan Reddy in the disproportionate assets case against him.

Mr Jaganmohan Reddy is the son of the late Chief Minister, who was known popularly as YSR.

Announcing their decision to resign their posts, former Congress Minister Pilli Subash Chandra Bose told reporters at the YSR Congress office in Jubilee Hills here that the party MLAs, MP and MLCs met in the afternoon and had decided to submit their resignation letters to Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar at 1100 hours in the Assembly tomorrow.

Mr Bose said 25 MLAs had taken the decision to resign and two legislators - Prasanna Kumar Reddy (representing Kovvur) and Bal Nagi Reddyd (Mantralayam)- had conveyed their decision over the telephone.

Mr Bose said the legislators could not tolerate the late YSR being shown in poor light, that too like a "criminal" by the CBI even though he was instrumental in strengthening the Congress party in the state.

He said the former Chief Minister strived hard to bring the Congress party back to power in the state twice and the Centre with a majority of MPS elected from the state.

The welfare schemes introduced by the former Chief Minister were being "diluted" by the present Congress Government headed by N Kiran Kumar Reddy, he alleged and said the surveys conducted earlier had proved that he had a huge following in the state. No other Chief Minister in the country had this.

Mr Bose also said that, because of their affection for YSR, they had decided to take the "historic" decision of resigning from the Congress.

Earlier, YSR Congress leader Jupudi Prabhakar claimed that about 30 elected representatives from the Congress attended the meeting.

Though the decision to resign was to be taken two days ago, it was deferred till today as Congress legislators supporting Mr Jaganmohan Reddy failed to turn up for the meeting held at the party office.

The CBI has included YSR's name in the FIR in its investigation into Mr Jaganmohan Reddy's properties as directed by Andhra Pradesh High Court. However, his name was not included in the list of the accused.

The Jaganmohan Reddy group questioned the rationale of including the late YSR's name in the FIR. However, the investigating agency reportedly said it had included the name of the former Chief Minister as per evidence it had and contended that if any one had any objections, they could contact legal experts.

The main allegation against Mr Jaganmohan Reddy is that those who got land and projects during the late YSR's rule had invested money in his companies.

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25 bank accounts of Jaganmohan Reddy's cos, associates frozen: CBI

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has frozen 25 bank accounts belonging to YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy's companies and also those who invested in his business.

Talking to reporters here, CBI Joint Director VV Laxminarayana said they had frozen the 25 bank accounts in connection with the case about Mr Reddy's alleged illegal assets.

"We have not yet decided on arresting Kadapa MP Jagan Mohan Reddy in the illegal assets case," he said.

Relying to a question, he said the CBI was not looking at the period or time of investments.

"We are looking at investments made in each project and who, how and why they made those investments."

"The searches may continue for a few more days to get more evidence in the cases," the CBI official said.

The investigation agency was still in the process of studying and classifying the documents seized during the raids conducted at different premises across the country, he said.

The future course of action would depend only after scrutiny of the documents seized during the raids, he said.

To another question, Mr Laxminarayana said that he had no knowledge of the Enforcement Directorate's plan to register a case of money laundering against Jaganmohan Reddy or others.

So far, the CBI had raided over 50 properties belonging to Mr Reddy and his investors.

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Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.

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2 killed in chemical factory blast in Hyderabad

Two women were killed when a blast occurred in a chemical factory at Bapunagar here today.


Police said the mishap occurred when the victims were engaged in work in the factory, which manufactures acids and spirit.


One of the deceased, identified as Nagalakshmi (34), died on the spot while another Kalpana (30) succumbed to her injuries on the way to hospital.


A case had been registered in connection with the incident, police added.


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CBI raids Jaganmohan Reddy, associates' premises

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A day after securing permission from the CBI Special court, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) launched searches at several places in connection with cases relating to alleged illegal assets of YSR Congress Party chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and irregularities in the Emaar Properties across the country today.

CBI files FIR against Jaganmohan Reddy in assets case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today filed an FIR against YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in the illegal assets case against him in the wake of the investigation ordered by the Andhra Pradesh High Court.


The CBI filed the FIR in the Emaar Properties case also as per the direction of the court to conduct an in-depth inquiry into the alleged disproportionate assets of Mr Jagan after registering a criminal case.


To conduct an in-depth inquiry, CBI officials will also file cases against companies and individuals who had invested in companies promoted by Mr Reddy, allegedly as kickbacks for land allocations.


Mr Jaganmohan Reddy is the son of late Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.


The bureau has also simultaneously filed a petition in Nampalli Court seeking search and seizure warrants, according to CBI sources.


Meanwhile, Mr Reddy filed an appeal in the Supreme Court yesterday, challenging the Andhra Pradesh High Court order asking the CBI to probe his alleged illegal assets.


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Prakash Jha's Aarakshan banned in Andhra Pradesh

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The Andhra Pradesh government today issued orders to ban the release of Prakash Jha's controversial film Aarakshan in cinema theatres across the state, initially for a week.

Based on representations from Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Kulala Shamikshama Sangam and Andhra Pradesh Ambedkar Yojana Sangam, the government decided to ban the film.

"The ban has been imposed initially for a week or till a final decision was taken on receipt of the report of the committee constituted for the purpose," Government Principal Secretary B P Charya said in a release here.

In their representation, the associations requested inter-alia to suspend the release of the film as certain contents of the said film were likely to hurt the sentiments of SC, ST & BC communities.

However, based on the representation and a report from Information and Public Relations Commissioner Venkatesam orders were being issued separately constituting a committee to view the film and make recommendations to the Government, the release said.

In the exercise of the powers conferred under Section 8 of the A P Cinemas (Regulation) Act, 1955 (Act No 4 of 1955), Government suspend the exhibition of the Hindi film, the release added.

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HC asks CBI to conduct full-fledged probe into Jagan & Emaar cases

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In a mjaor blow to the YSR Congress Party chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, the Andhra Pradesh High Court today ordered a full-fledged probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the allegations of illegal accumulation of wealth by him.

Delivering the judgement on the petitions filed by Andhra Pradesh Minister for Handloom and Textiles P Shankar Rao, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders Yeeran Naidu, Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Rajasekhara Reddy and Kadapa-based lawyer Mr Sharwani, a division bench comprising Chief Justice Nisar Ahmed Kakru and Mr Justice Vilas Afzalpurkar also directed the CBI to file a criminal case against Mr Reddy under the Anti-Corruption and Money Laundering Acts.

The court observed that there was prima facie evidence against Mr Reddy and the case needed a full probe.

The court took the decision based on the preliminary investigation report submitted by the CBI on July 26.

The High Court also ordered the CBI to conduct a full-fledged inquiry into the irregularities allegedly committed by Emaar Properties in its land dealings.

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Acting on the petition by Mr Shankar Rao, the High Court, on July 11, directed the CBI to thoroughly investigate the allotments of government land to Emaar Properties by the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (APIIDC).

The court also set aside the plea by Emaar Properties for a probe by an independent agency and opined that the CBI alone would be able to thoroughly probe any illegal allotments.

The minister, in his letter, had prayed the Court to order an investigation into the lands allotted to Emaar Properties during the regime of late Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, Mr Jaganmohan Reddy's father.

Mr Jaganmohan Reddy also moved the Supreme Court challenging the legality of the Andhra Pradesh High Court order asking the CBI to conduct a preliminary probe into his alleged disproportionate assets. However, the apex court had not given him any breather by staying the High Court order and asked him to approach the court at a later stage.

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Telangana: Govt. appeals to people in AP to allow consultations to conclude

The Government on Friday made an earnest appeal to all sections of the people in Andhra Pradesh to allow the consultation process on the demand for the formation of a separate state of Telangana to reach its logical conclusion.

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The Government today made an earnest appeal to all sections of the people in Andhra Pradesh to allow the consultation process on the demand for the formation of a separate state of Telangana to reach its logical conclusion.

"Meanwhile, the Government would like to reiterate the appeal issued at the end of the all party meeting on January 6, 2011 that ‘peace, harmony and law and order should be maintained in the State of Andhra Pradesh," Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said in the Lok Sabha.

In a statement on a Calling Attention Motion on the situation arising out of the delay in creation of Telangana state, he said he had, following the submission of the Justice Srikrishna Committee report, he had convened a meeting of allt he major political parties in the state legislature on January 6 this year and requested them to consider the report and form an opinion on it.

"The consultation process with various political parties of the Andhra Pradesh is continuing. A suitable decision will be taken in the light of these discussions. The Government of India is keeping a close watch on the political developments as well as on the law and order situation in the State," he said.

Mr Chidambaram recalled the circumstances under which the Centre had set up the five-member committee under the chairmanship of Mr Justice (Retd.) B N Srikrishna in February 2010.

The committee was requested to hold consultations with all sections of the people and all political parties and groups in Andhra Pradesh to examine the situation in the state with reference to the demand for a separate State of Telangana as well as the demand for maintaining the present status of a united Andhra Pradesh.

The committee submitted its report on December 30, 2010. In its report, the Committee has listed the following six solutions/possible options as the way forward:

(i) Maintaining Status Quo

(ii) Bifurcation of the State into Seemandhra and Telangana; with Hyderabad as a Union Territory and the two States developing their own capitals in due course

(iii) Bifurcation of the State into Rayala-Telangana and coastal Andhra regions with Hyderabad being an integral part of Rayala-Telangana

(iv) Bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh into Seemandhra and Telangana with enlarged Hyderabad Metropolis as a separate Union Territory. This Union Territory will have geographical linkage and contiguity via Nalgonda district in the south-east Guntur in coastal Andhra and via Mahboobnagar district in the south to Kurnool district in Rayalaseema

(v) Bifurcation of the State into Telangana and Seemandhra as per existing boundaries with Hyderabad as the capital of Telangana and Seemandhra to have a new capital

(vi) Keeping the State united by simultaneously providing certain definite Constitutional/Statutory measures for socio-economic development and political empowerment of Telangana region – creation of a statutorily empowered Telangana Regional Council.

Mr Chidambaram said that, meanwhile, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh had requested the Government of India to consider the demand to delete paragraph 14(f) of the Andhra Pradesh Public Employment (Organisation of Local Cadres and Regulation of Direct Recruitment) Order 1975.

Under paragraph 14(f) of the Order, any post of Police Officer, as defined in section 3 (b) of the Hyderabad City Police Act, 1348 F, is exempted from the purview of aforesaid Order.

This implied that Hyderabad City would be a "free zone" for the purpose of recruitment to the police. The deletion of paragraph 14(f) would include Hyderabad city in Zone VI for the purpose of recruitment to the police of the city. The Chief Minister commended the resolution of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly dated March 18, 2010 that supported deletion of paragraph 14(f).

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"After careful consideration, Government has decided to recommend to the President that clause (f) of paragraph 14 of the Andhra Pradesh Public Employment (Organization of Local Cadres and Regulation of Direct Recruitment) Order, 1975 may be deleted subject to the Resolution on the subject earlier passed being re-iterated by the Legislative Assembly of Andhra Pradesh. The decision of the Government was communicated to the State Government on July 13, 2011 for suitable action," Mr Chidambaram said.

The Chief Minister, vide letter dated August 1, 2011, has informed the Government of India that the earlier resolution of the Legislative Assembly dated March 18, 2010 still holds good and there is no change in the composition of the Legislative Assembly. He has, therefore, requested that a recommendation may be made to the President on the basis of the resolution of March 18, 2010. The matter is under active consideration, the Minister added.

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Satyam case: Court rejects bail applications of Raju, others

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A trial court today rejected the bail petitions of former Satyam Computers Chairman B Ramalinga Raju and seven others, who were accused in the Rs 14,000 crore fraud in the company.

XXI Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Court reserved its order on Tuesday last for today on the bail petitions of Mr Raju and others.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Counsel K Surender had opposed the bail application of the accused claiming there was no change in circumstances and hence bail was not necessary.

He recalled the Supreme Court had earlier rejected bail petitions of the accused and since the trial in the case was not yet over, granting of bail at this juncture was not necessary.

Senior Advocate E Umamaheshwar Rao and three other counsels, who appeared for the accused, contended there were indeed changed circumstances and his clients were exercising the right for bail.

Seeking Mr Raju's release on bail, Mr Rao also wanted the court to consider the good behaviour of his client and the cooperation he extended during the remand period.

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The CBI, however, expressed apprehension that they would tamper with the evidence if they were released on bail.

Mr Raju, Satyam's former MD B Rama Raju, ex-Satyam Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Vadlamani Srinivas, former employees G Ramakrishna, D Venkatpathi Raju and Srisailam and former Price WaterHouse Coopers(PWC) auditor Subramani Gopalakrishnan had sought bail two days back on the grounds that the trial in the case was not completed before the stipulated date of July 31 and all the prosecution witnesses were examined.

Earlier, cancelling Mr Raju's bail in October 2010, the Supreme Court directed the accused can file bail applications only after July 31, 2011 if the trial in the case was not completed in the local court by then.

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Andhra Pradesh Lokayukta issues notices to Minister, family

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The Andhra Pradesh Lokayukta today asked Minister for Handlooms and Textiles P Shankar Rao to submit the details of his assets and those of his family members within six weeks.

The Lokayukta, Justice Ananda Reddy, has taken up the case after the Minister wrote a letter to him a few days ago seeking a probe into allegations levelled against him and his family members.

Taking suo motu notice of Dr Shankar Rao's letter, the Lokayukta had issued notices to the minister and his family members, asking them to submit the details pertaining to their asssets within six weeks.

The Minister had also sought a Lokayukta probe into illegal alloment of mines and land from the period of the Telugu Desam Party's regime till the present.

It was Dr Shankar Rao's letter to the Andhra Pradesh High Court which had paved the way for a CBI probe into the assets of YSR Congress chief Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Welcoming the notice, Dr Shankar Rao saidthat he would submit the list of the assets owned by him and his family before the deadline set by the Lokayukta.

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