TDP MLA Booked For Land Grab

Police have charged Anakapalle MLA and his kin with illegally taking possession of lands in Ramavaram village of Anandapuram mandal.

Visakhapatnam: Ruling Telugu Desam legislator from Anakapalle, Peela Govinda Satyanarayana, and his family members have finally been booked by police in the highly publicised land scam in Visakhapatnam district.

Police have registered a case against the MLA and 10 others, including revenue staff, under Sections 418, 420, 465, 466, 467, 468, 471, 409, 171 and 120(B) of IPC and Section 3 and 4 of the Land Grabbing Act.

Lodging of the case followed inquiries by a Special Investigation Team (SIT), which had been set up to investigate into the illegal transfer of lands. The alleged land grab came to limelight after a spate of complaints were filed till Thursday by affected individuals and political parties.

Booking of the MLA and his family comes in the wake of Anandapuram Tahsildar, Karanam Vekata Eswara Rao, earlier lodging a complaint in this regard with the police. The development is also in the backdrop of allegations by senior TDP leader Ayyanna Patrudu that his party men too were involved in the land scam.

According to the Tahsildar’s complaint, 95.89 acres of government land in survey numbers 126, 127, 130/1 and 130/2 in Ramavaram village of Anandapuram mandal had illegally gone into the hands of private owners. They took over the land after records, such as Records of Rights (RoR) 1B, Settlement Fair Adangals (SFAs) and 10 (1) Adangals, were tampered with.

As a result, the lands went into the possession of Pakalapati Byragi Raju, Pakalapati Ramesh and Satyanarayana Raju. Later, MLA Peela Govinda Satyanarayana, Peela Srinivasa Rao and Peela Krishna Rao took hold of the land, allegedly by unfair means.

The complainant Tahsildar also stated in his complaint that the MLA and his relatives had got the lands registered in their names illegally.

MLA Denies Charges

Peela Govinda Satyanarayana has meanwhile denied his involvement. He asserted that the lands were bought by his father Peela Mahalakshmi Naidu in 1995. He had inherited those lands from his father.

Incidentally, the SIT has observed irregularities in land transactions of this village right from 1995.

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