Son’s Toyota Franchise Got Sweetheart Deal In Telangana Denied by Venkaiah Naidu

The next vice-president of the country is likely to be Venkaiah Naidu, who today has refuted allegations of corruption in a deal involving his son's car dealership and the government of Telangana.

The government of India's youngest state ordered police vehicles worth Rs. 270 crore in 2014 said by the Congress. While from Harsha Toyota some of the cars were bought, by Mr Naidu's son owned, the others were supplied by a dealership owned by the son of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.

Last month, said that by the Leader of Congress Jairam Ramesh, the administration "exempted the Swarna Bharat Trust of Naidu's daughter from paying various charges amounting to more than Rs. 2 crore to the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority".
"Such an exemption has no precedent is it not a fact and it has been done because his daughter is the managing trustee of the organisation?" the Congressman asked. The Vice-Presidential candidate said that other trusts had been given similar exemptions.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation special commissioner Naveen Mittal did not deny the exemption of over Rs. 2 crore to the trust but said there are at least 17 institutions that were granted such exemption based on a case-to-case basis after considering their merits.


Mr Mittal said if the trust is used for commercial purpose, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority could impose conversion charges. He also denied there was any secrecy in the order granting exemption to Mr Naidu's daughter's trust.

Telangana Chief Minister KCR's son KT Rama Rao, who is the IT and municipal administration minister in the Telangana government, told NDTV his dealership had been sold more than seven years ago, much before their party the TRS even came to power in 2014.

Mr Naidu is running for Vice-President as the government's candidate; he is up against former Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who is the nominee of an 18-party front.




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