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MSR denies involvement in temple land scam

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Gives clean chit to Keshava Rao, YSR's son

KARIMNAGAR: Stating that there were no irregularities in the sale of temple lands in the State, the Minister for Endowments, M. Satyanarayana Rao, has clarified that there is not an iota of evidence of his involvement in the scandal.

The Minister, who was here to participate in the Zilla Parishad general body meeting on Wednesday, in a brief chat with newspersons pointed out that not a single acre of temple land had been lost.

He said he had tendered his resignation, owning moral responsibility. But, the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, after examining all files of the Endowments Department had given him a clean chit and asked him to continue.

He said he had come out spotless during his 51-year political life, having occupied various posts at the State and national levels. He also clarified that the APCC president, K. Keshava Rao, had not given any letter asking him to favour anyone in the purchase of temple lands, but had only referred a case and asked him to look into the matter. He said that he had also received several letters from various leaders on the temple lands issue.

Mr. Satynarayana Rao strongly refuted the charges levelled against the Chief Minister's son, Y.S Jaganmohan Reddy, with regard to the scandal. He said the Government had already ordered a judicial enquiry and those found guilty would be punished regardless of their position.

TRS MLA seeks probe

The issue figured at the zilla parishad general body meeting also. It was raised by the BJP ZPTC member, Matta Venkateshwar Reddy. The Minister said as a judicial inquiry had been ordered it would not be proper to make any comment on the issue. The Minister said he was more concerned about the issue than the ZPTC member. The enquiry would bring out the truth, he added.

The TRS MLA, Kasipeta Lingaiah, said temple lands in Karimnagar district also had been grabbed and urged a comprehensive enquiry into all temple lands issues in the State.

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