Warangal: In his last days, former prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao ran out of cash and wanted to sell his house in Jubilee Hills to clear dues of his lawyers fighting his corruption cases in various courts in the country, reveals P.V.R.K Prasad, former media advisor to PV, in his sensational memoir PMs, CMs and beyond: Wheels behind the veil.
Early this month, the book was released at Kakatiya University senate hall during the second PV endowment lecture in the presence of former CBI director and director general of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Dr D.R. Karthikeyan on December 5.
Prasad, who claimed in the preface of the book as ‘nothing in this book is hearsay’, writes in the last chapter titled When PV deemed power a curse that the former PM paid the fees of his lawyers out of the periodic royalty installments he received from his book The Insider.
According to P.V.R.K. Prasad, soon after obtaining a clean chit in the JMM cash for votes scam from the Supreme Court, the former PM had asked him to help him to find a buyer for his house in Jubilee Hills. The book quotes PV as saying, “I still owe lawyers lakhs of rupees.
I am afraid I may die without paying my dues to the lawyers”. However, Prasad notes in the last line of the book that PV ‘passed away on December 23, 2004, even before I could arrange the sale of the house’. The book reveals other sensational details like how PV was forced to take up rituals to protect his throne from other claimants in the Congress.
Interestingly, the author Prasad, who also served as the TTD Executive Officer before becoming media adviser to the PM, claims in the book that he convinced PV on the efficacy of rituals by narrating ‘M. Chenna Reddy and Sanjay Gandhi story’.
The author notes that the then CM M. Chenna Reddy performed ‘Manya Sukta homam’ in order to get rid of Sanjay Gandhi, who was then enjoying clout as son of Indira.