20 October, 2020

Chasing Crooked Shadows

Though all fingers point at the Raos, the CBI has been slow in taking action against Prabhakar

Chasing Crooked Shadows

EVEN as Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda reiterates that the law will take its course in the sensational Rs 133-crore urea scam, there are serious doubts over whether the CBI will be able to nail the big players, including Prabhakar Rao, son of former prime minister and Congress president, Narasimha Rao.

The doubts arise because pressure from the Congress—which props up the United Front Government—may slow down or even thwart the investigations. The fear is that after an initial flurry of headline-grabbing arrests, the investigations may peter out—or that some of the 'lower-down' accused may be made scapegoats.

According to CBI sources, two lobbies—one represented by M. Sambasiva Rao, Indian agent of the dubious Turkey-based company, Karsan, and the other by Prakash Yadav, son of former fertiliser minister Ram Lakhan Singh Yadav—were working simultaneously in getting the deal through. Sambasiva and Sanjeeva Rao, brother-in-law of Narasimha Rao's second son Rajeshwar Rao, knew each other since college days. Sanjeeva,...



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