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   AP High Court notice to Acharya
IAS officer B P Acharya, accused number one in the Emaar scam case being probed by the CBI, without he asking for it, Justice KC Bhanu of the AP High Court on Monday issued notice to the bureaucrat and posted the hearing on the CBI petition to Tuesday.

CBI court had earlier refused to take cognizance of the charge sheet filed by the investigation agency with regard to two IAS officers, BP Acharya and L V Subrahmanyam, as the Centre's sanction for their prosecution under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 was not obtained by the CBI. The probe agency has maintained that despite its best efforts, neither the state nor the Centre have shown any inclination to move forward in this regard. Citing this as a reason, the trial court judge refused to extend Acharya's remand and set him free on bail on March 16.

Justice Bhanu heard the CBI version through its counsel P Kesava Rao who told the court that the trial court erred in looking at the case only under the Prevention of Corruption Act. There are other IPC sections like 120B read with 420, 409 and 477-A slapped against Acharya and the case can be continued against him under these sections. But the trial court judge was only looking at the PC Act and set the officer free on bail

Acharya has been charged with entering into a criminal conspiracy with Dubai-based Emaar Properties to benefit the private promoter at the cost of state's revenue in the joint venture project in the development of villas, convention centre, hotel, etc at Manikonda area on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
Mon 19 Mar, 2012,10:43:29 PM
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