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Amarnath calls for Naidu’s response to I-T notice

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PNS | Vijayawada

Industries Minister Gudivada Amarnath has expressed strong criticism towards Chandrababu Naidu for providing evasive responses to the show-cause notice issued by the IT department and diverting attention away from the actual issues. It is evident from the I-T notices that Chandrababu Naidu is allegedly involved in a corruption scandal worth Rs 118 crores.

Addressing the media on Monday, the Minister raised questions about the motives behind the IT notices served to Chandrababu and shed light on how the leader of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has been handling these notices.

According to the Minister, these notices were initiated based on information provided by an individual named MVP. He revealed that the IT department had sent a comprehensive 46-page notice to Chandrababu, who, in response, has been offering irrelevant and inappropriate explanations.

Gudivada Amarnath questioned why Chandrababu is not directly addressing the allegations in the IT notices and instead appears to be attempting to manipulate the system, a pattern he has followed in the past. The Minister questioned why Chandrababu is not simply denying any involvement in the IT notices. He emphasized that if the IT department and Central agencies conduct a thorough investigation, the full extent of the alleged scam will be uncovered.

The Minister alleged that the Rs 118 crore mentioned in the notices is just a fraction of the vast sum that Chandrababu is accused of siphoning off through bribes from various companies, often under the guise of funding Amaravati’s temporary capital structures and other projects. The Minister pointed out that there is clear evidence suggesting that Chandrababu received bribes totaling Rs 118 crore from Dubai, with the IT notices indicating the use of coded language in these transactions. The Minister noted that this information was provided by Chandrababu’s private secretary, Srinivas.

Minister Amarnath didn’t mince words, stating that Chandrababu is a seasoned criminal but an inept politician.

He further alleged that Chandrababu had engaged in corruption within APSSDC and embezzled Rs 350 crores through his involvement with Siemens Company. The Minister promised that the corruption charges against Chandrababu would be exposed to the public, with more revelations expected in the near future.

Gudivada Amarnath urged investigative agencies, such as the Enforcement Directorate (ED), to intensify their focus on Chandrababu’s alleged corruption. He questioned why Chandrababu continues to evade responding to the IT notices, especially when these allegations have received widespread coverage in national media outlets. The people of the state eagerly await Chandrababu’s clarification regarding the IT notices.

The Minister concluded by stating that the people of the State are well aware of Chandrababu’s history and noted that few politicians in the country face as many allegations of corruption. Chandrababu’s entry into politics, marked by the betrayal of his own father-in-law and TDP founder, Dr. NT Rama Rao, has been characterized by the creation of a corrupt empire.

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