KTR should quit for fair inquiry: Congress

TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy along with senior Congress leaders addressing press conference in Hyderabad on Saturday
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TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy along with senior Congress leaders addressing press conference in Hyderabad on Saturday
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TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy says that if the minister continues in his post, it would not be possible for holding inquiry into the violation. Hence, he should resign to the post to allow the officials to hold an impartial inquiry

Hyderabad: The Congress on Saturday demanded MAUD Minister KT Rama Rao to resign to his post in the case of National Green Tribunal notice so that the officials could take up inquiry into the illegal construction of a palatial building in the catchment area of Gandipet lake.

Addressing the media,TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy, Malkajgiri MP A Revanth Reddy, former MP Konda Vishweswar Reddy and former minister Mohammad Shabbir Ali said that in view of issuing of notice by Green Tribunal, the minister should resign to his post.

It may be mentioned here that the Green Tribunal has issued notice to minister KT Rama Rao for constructing a building in the catchment area of Gandipet lake violating GO 111.

Uttam Kumar Reddy said that if the minister continues in his post, it would not be possible for holding inquiry into the violation. Hence, he should resign to the post to allow the officials to hold an impartial inquiry.

MP Revanth Reddy said that a canal which carries water to Gandipet has been buried to construct road to the building being constructed by the minister. While the minister has the responsibility to implement GO 111 he has been violating it.

He said that when action has been taken on middle and lower class people for violation of the GO, why action was not taken on the minister.

He said that instead of answering to his questions on the violation, the government has arrested him on using the drone camera.

He said that the Green Tribunal has made the minister a party in the case on the violation. Officials of the ministry being headed by the minister were part of the inquiry team. He said that if the minister did not resign, the Chief Minister should remove him from the cabinet to make way for a fair inquiry.

He said that the land on which the building has been constructed was registered on the name of the minister's wife Sailima. He said that fact about taking that land on lease was not mentioned in the election affidavit of the minister. The MP said that he has a list of the lands being owned by the minister.

Former MP Konda Vishweswar Reddy said that all should be treated equal before the law. He said that the committee being appointed by the Green Tribunal was in the jurisdiction of the minister.

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