Hyderabad, Nov 30 : Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged that Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had surrendered the interest of Telangana before Prime Minister Narendra Modi only to save himself from action by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a multi-crore ESI Hospital scam.
Mr Uttam made this allegation while addressing a press conference along with Telangana TDP President L Ramana, ex-MP Aziz Pasha of CPI and Vidhyadhar Reddy of TJS on Friday night. He claimed that he had documentary evidences to prove the allegations.
He alleged that KCR, as the then Union Minister of Labour, Employment and Training in 2006, was involved in the alleged irregularities in the award of contract related to civil works done in ESI hospitals in three cities of Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada.
He said the CBI in its charge sheet had clearly mentioned that it was at KCR's instance that the contract was taken away from the National Building Construction Company (NBCC) and given to an executive engineer V Suryanarayana of AP Fisheries Department. The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) was forced to cancel the contract with NBCC and it was awarded on nomination basis in violation of guidelines of Central Vigilance Commission.
He said that the decision was allegedly taken in a meeting held at KCR's residence. A probe conducted by IIT Chennai and an internal investigation by ESIC in 2007-08 revealed that the work executed was of sub-standard quality and failed to meet conditions in the contract. (UNI)