HC Asks AP govt. Not To Issue Sadavarti Lands Sale Certificates

Hyderabad: AP government had a setback in the High Court here on Tuesday in the case pertaining to Sadavarti Trust lands. The government was asked not to issue sale certificates to those who purchased the disputed lands. It was also directed to file a counter within two weeks.

AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu got 83.3 acres of land belonging to Sadavarti Trust sold at the rate of Rs 26 lakh per acre. The Tamil Nadu Revenue Department in the past had certified that the lands situated in Chennai are costly. It assessed that one acre would cost Rs 7 crore. The market price, however, would be more than Rs 10 crore per acre. The whole property would cost about Rs 1000 crore. The lands were allegedly sold to Naidu’s friends,  including the chairman of Kapu Corporation of AP.

About 400 acres were given away to the Trust by Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu of Krishna district many decades ago with an expressed purpose of providing facilities for education of poor Brahmin children. The property over the years was reduced to 83 acres. Naidu, as soon he came to power, had focused on the land and sold them reportedly for a song. A writ petition on this issue was earlier dismissed by the HC since there was no material proof. Alla Ramakrishna Reddy, MLA from Mangalagiri in Guntur district, had collected evidence and approach the HC which gave the directions after hearing preliminary arguments.

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