Vijayawada: In response to former Intelligence chief A.B Venkateshwar Rao's open letter to CBI director regarding the murder of former MP Y.S Vivekananda Reddy, the Andhra Pradesh police on 18 April quashed down every allegation and exposed the flaws in his claims. Mr. Rao had written a nine-page letter to the CBI director alleging that important information pertaining to the murder of Vivekananda Reddy was ignored.

Officer Palaraju, the DIG technical services, questioned the timing of the allegations. "For 15 days after the murder, A.B Venkateshwar (ABV) was running the entire investigation and passing orders to the then Kadapa SP and others. Why didn't he use important information that he had on the murder when he was an active part of the investigation? While leaving, it is mandatory for any officer to disclose every single detail to his successor. Why did ABV not do that?"

Mr. Palaraju said the case was with the AP police nine months after the present government took over and was handed over to the CBI a year ago. "Why did ABV take more than two years to come out with this information?" he said.

Questioning the manner in which the letter was made public, the officer said, "When ABV was investigating the case, he put pressure on the then SP Rahul Dev Sharma and other officers to implicate the present CM and his family in the murder case. Even today, if he actually wants to provide evidence, he could do so in a sealed cover to the CBI. Why does he have to go to the media? That shows his intention."

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