Fire at Sekhar Reddy office

A fire mishap happened at the office of contractor Sekhar Reddy at T Nagar in Chennai today. According to sources, flames were spotted at the fourth floor office of Sekar Reddy this morning.

Fire and Rescue Services department was alerted and fire tenders were pressed into service. It is said that documents were gutted in fire.

Recently, a day after nominating 24 members to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Trust Board, the Andhra Pradesh government, for the first time, nominated seven special invitees to the Board and, in the process, ran into a controversy for nominating Sekhar Reddy, a sand mining baron who was arrested for being in possession of huge amounts of new Rs 2,000 notes post-demonetisation during I-T raids.

This is for the first time that the TTD Trust Board will have special invitees. Of the seven special invitees, the name of Sekhar Reddy, currently president of the Local Advisory Committee of the TTD in Chennai, raised many an eyebrow.
He was earlier on the TTD Trust Board but was removed in 2016 after he came under the scrutiny of the I-T department, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Last year, cases registered by CBI against Shekhar Reddy and his men in connection with seizure of Rs 34 crore in new Rs 2,000 currencies, were quashed by the Madras High Court.

Justice S Baskaran quashed the criminal proceedings in the cases while allowing a batch of criminal original petitions from Reddy and his aides K Srinivasalu, K Rethinam and Ramachandran.

The CBI and Enforcement Directorate together had filed three FIRs based on the seizure made from Sekar Reddy’s office in Vellore in December 2016. While one FIR was for the seizure of Rs 24 crore, the other two FIRs were for the seizures of Rs 8 crore and Rs 1.5 crore.