How much money did YS Jagan "misappropriate?" Pat comes the reply: Rs one lakh crore. This was repeated ad nauseum by the TDP worthies all these years and led many people to believe it. Everyone who wanted to criticise Jagan parroted this amount. Then there was the yellow media, which popularised this through their tireless efforts. Even in films made by the people close to the ruling dispensation liberally used this word turning it into a metaphor of sorts. Many in the state were led to "believe" that Jagan indeed had gobbled up Rs 1 lakh crore.
In a recent interview to a media house former CBI Joint director Lakshminarayana, who probed Jagan, has clarified that Rs 1 lakh crore is just a political metaphor and that there is not an iota of truth in these allegations. He said the chargesheet filed against Jagan, which is based on the empirical estimates, is worth just Rs 1500 crore. He said that the total amount allegedly misappropriated is just Rs 1500 crore.
This is very significant as it is coming from someone who probed Jagan and someone who is contesting elections on Jana Sena ticket. More importantly. Many of the cases filed against YS Jagan have already struck off.