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CBI vs CBI: Interim chief denies irregularities in investments made by wife

M Nageswara Rao's innings as interim CBI chief came to an abrupt halt after the Supreme Court refrained him from taking any policy decision

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Central Bureau of Investigation headquarter

Interim CBI Chief M Nageswara Rao on Tuesday denied any irregularities in the investments made by his wife in a private company.  

In a signed statement, Rao, a 1986-batch IPS officer from Odisha, said all the transactions and investments made by him or his wife, Mannem Sandhya, have been given to the competent authorities, and everything has been mentioned in his annual property return filed mandatorily with the government.

Denying all reports and giving a chronological order of events, Rao said his wife had taken a loan of Rs 2.5 million from Angela Mercantile Pvt Ltd, a company which belonged to "our longtime friend Praveen Agarwal for purchase of an immoveable property in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh".

Rao's innings as interim CBI chief came to an abrupt halt after the had Friday last refrained him from taking any policy decision and submit in a sealed envelope about the administrative decision undertaken by him. 

He was made interim chief last week after the government intervened and sent CBI Director and his second-in-command Rakesh Asthana on leave till corruption cases against them were probed.  

Giving details, Rao said the property was purchased by her with her cousin Dr R K Rana Babu on September 18, 2010.

He said a year later, his wife sold some acres of land from her inherited agricultural property for an amount of Rs 3.072 million and two months later sold more land for an amount of Rs 2.79 million.

"Thus she received a total amount of Rs 5.862 million as sale proceeds during 2011. This along with Rs 138,000 from personal savings and a total of Rs 6 million was sent to Angela Mercantiles Private limited in 2011, who after deducting the loan amount retained the balance of Rs 3.5 million as investment," he said.

Rao added that in July 2014, a little less than three years of the investment, the Kolkata-based company returned to her a total of Rs 4.133 million, which included an interest of Rs 633,000.  

First Published: Tue, October 30 2018. 17:45 IST