ACB Raids Houses Of Tahasildar In Connection With Land Scam In Vizag
Visakhapatnam: In an apparent crackdown on those involved in the alleged land records tampering scam unearthed recently, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has registered a disproportionate assets case against a tahasildar M. Sankara Rao and raided six houses either belonging to him or his relatives in the three north costal districts. The simultaneous search operations are underway at various houses Gajuwaka, Kotavuratla, Bobbili, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam.
ACB DSP K. Ramakrishna Prasad said, a case was registered against the revenue official M. Sankara Rao on the charges that he had assets disproportionate to his income.
The raids came close on the heels of allegations that big hands involved in the land scam in Madhurawada, Kommadi and Pendurthy areas. The role of the revenue officials was also suspected. The district collector Pravin Kumar identified that some of the revenue officials tampered with the records. It is widely reported that the Visakhapatnam tahasildar (Rural) M. Sankara Rao was involved in the acts of tampering with records.
Earlier in January, district collector suspended deputy tahsildar P Syam Prasad and village revenue officer (VRA) B Appa Rao for their alleged involvement or negligence in tampering with the records. He also recommended that the rural mandal tahsildar Sankara Rao be suspended in connection with the case.
The committee set up for investigation into the alleged land scam by tampering with the records, said to have identified that some of the lands were registered for others with the zirayiti survery numbers. In the field measurement books the names of persons were overwritten in different ink with regard to some of the lands in Kommadi.
However, Sankara Rao told the media that he himself reported the irregularities to the district collector and why he was booked in the case now remained quite incomprehensible to him. He absconded since the reports of land scam aired in the media.