I am still the tiger, asserts Dasari
Hyderabad: Equating himself with 'Bobbili Puli' (Bobbili Tiger), referring to a Telugu film he produced and...
Hyderabad: Equating himself with 'Bobbili Puli' (Bobbili Tiger), referring to a Telugu film he produced and directed, former union minister of state for coal Dasari Narayana Rao on Wednesday alleged that all that was happening was being done according to a plan. "Whatever is happening now, it is being done as per plan," Dasari said adding "Truth will come out shortly. I request my fans not to worry." The popular director, producer and actor turned politician, Dasari reacted in a filmy style a day after the CBI conducted searches at his residence and the office of Sowbhagya Media Limited owned by him in connection with the coal blocks allocation scam. The searches were conducted after CBI registered twelfth FIR in the coal allocation scam naming Dasari, his company Sowbhagya Media and Naveen Jindal as accused. CBI sources had said other companies including Gagan Sponge, Jindal Realty and New Delhi Exim besides Dasari's company Saubhagya Media have been booked for alleged cheating and misrepresentation of facts in bagging Amarkonda Murgadangal block in Birbhum district of Jharkhand in 2008. The central agency alleged that Dasari received Rs 2.25 crore as camouflaged investment from one of the Jindal's firms within a year of allocating him a coal block. Ministers have nothing to do with process On May 4, Dasari in an interview to HMTV said it was natural for the media to write news about scandals by taking his name since he happened to be the minister concerned. "However, one should bear in mind that there is absolutely no scope for ministers to try their hand in the allocation of coal blocks because it is a huge process. Ministers have nothing to do with the process," Dasari said. The former minister said, there would be a special screening committee for allocation of coal blocks in which neither the coal minister nor the Prime Minister were members. "Coal secretary is the chairman for the committee in which secretaries of nine departments including steel, major industries, power and other connected departments are members. Also, chief secretaries of the coal bearing areas � Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh � will be members. The committee will call for applications and make selections. Still, coal minister cannot shirk responsibility," Dasari said in the interview.