Case Against Tainted Official In Miyapur Land Scam

Opposition is demanding a CBI probe into the land scam. State Chief Minister has refused as a CID probe is already on into the incident.

Hyderabad: A case has been booked against Kukatpally sub-registrar R Srinivasa Rao on Friday by the State Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for allegedly registering non-agricultural land as agricultural land in Qutbullapur on outskirts of Hyderabad.

Hyderabad High Court had two days ago asked the Telangana Government to submit all records regarding the Miyapur land scam, along with the action taken report, to the court by August 1.

According to reports, apart from causing Rs 16 crore revenue loss to the State, the tainted official had allegedly registered 48 acres of land as agricultural land in Kompally village at Rs 82 lakh per acre.  In fact, the land should have actually been registered at Rs 5,500 per square yard.

Meanwhile, an official press release said, “This registration caused a loss of Rs 16 crore to the exchequer.  Since the sub-registrar registered the non-agriculture land as agricultural land, the ACB has filed a case under Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.”

The massive land scam was unearthed by Hyderabad police in the last week of May after the arrest of Kukatpally sub-registrar. Several hundred acres of government land were allegedly transferred to individuals illegally.

Sub-registrar R Srinivasa Rao, along with PS Parthasarathi and PVS Sharma, directors of two firms, are the main accused in the scam.

Opposition parties in the State, including Congress and the BJP have demanded a thorough CBI probe into the scam, as they suspect that the State CID’s investigation will not be unbiased. But Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has refused the demand.

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