Vizag Land Scam: A Rallying Point For Opposition Parties

Botsa Satyanarayana, YSRCP leader, Announces mahadharna On June 22 In city to highlight Vizag land scam.
Botsa Satyanarayana
Botsa Satyanarayana

Visakhapatnam: The major land scam that surfaced recently in Visakhapatnam has become a rallying point for the opposition parties for the fight against the ruling Telugu Desam Party. The YSR Congress Party leader Botsa Satyanarayana from Tirupathi on Saturday announced that their party along with other opposition parties is holding a mahadharna on June 22 in Visakhapatnam. YSRCP chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy will take part in the protest.

A public hearing, which was to have taken place on June 15, was cancelled following chief minister’s decision to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into the land scam. Opposition parties which have constantly been demanding an enquiry by CBI slammed the decision. The CPM while dubbing the decision by the CM to set up SIT as mere farce ridiculed constituting a three-member committee from the party on the matter. It felt the committee would only help settle the internal bickering. The CPI also condemned the cancellation of the public hearing on the pretext of constituting a SIT.

Former Minister Konathala Ramakrishna who has been trying to gain the foothold after his departure from the YSRCP shot a letter to the Governor urging him to recommend a CBI enquiry into the irregularities. He accused the government of shielding key players in the scandal pointing to the alleged involvement of the ruling TDP leaders in the scandal.

The BJP MLA P. Vishnu Kumar Raju distancing himself from the party’s ally TDP, expressed doubts over the efficacy of the SIT. He did not stop there. By announcing that he would reveal yet another land scam he took the TDP leaders unawares.

While the situation is boiling over in the political arena, the District Collectorate on June 15 was flooded with complainants to take part in the public hearing. The Deputy Chief Minister K E Krishna Murthy was to have attended the public hearing. The Minister did not turn up following the decision to constitute an SIT. Several people lodged complaints with the Joint Collector.

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SIT Into Land Scam Gets Down To Work

The SIT (Special Investigation Team) appointed to enquire into the allegations of land scam has started the work. But its terms of reference were diluted.

Visakhapatnam: The Special Investigation Team constituted for looking into the issue of land records tampering in Visakhapatnam district has formally begun its work. The team met in the office set up in the Collectorate on Tuesday.

Special officer of the SIT Vinit Brijlal, convener G.Srijana (Joint Collector, Visakhapatnam) and other members met the District Collector Pravin Kumar and deliberated on the scope of the investigation.

The SIT will only look into the cases in which land records were tampered with. However, the team will receive complaints concerning tampering of records that might have occurred across the district.  More: Jagan Demands CBI Enquiry Into Vizag Land Scam

A special cell has been set up in the Collectorate for receiving complaints. Every complainant will be given an acknowledgment by the Joint Collector.

The team will also receive online complaints (by e-mails, WhatsApp). A toll-free number and two landlines were also allocated. Basing on the nature of complaints, SIT would likely constitute police teams for investigation.  More: Vizag Land Deal: Lokesh Makes 4 Lakh Crore

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Jagan Demands CBI Enquiry Into Vizag Land Scam

The YSRCP organised ‘Save Visakha’ Protest on Thursday where Opposition leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy demanded a CBI enquiry into the land scam in which government lands and assigned lands worth thousand crores of rupees were allegedly, usurped.

Visakhapatnam: YSR Congress Chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy here on Thursday demanded a CBI enquiry into the land scam that was unearthed recently. Alleging that big hands including the Chief Minister, his cabinet colleagues and officials were involved in the scam, he said investigation by CBI was necessary to bring out the facts.

Speaking at the ‘Save Visakha’, a dharna organized by the YSR Congress opposite GVMC Office in protest against the land scam, Jagan Mohan Reddy said the TDP government cancelled the public hearing on the issue fearing opposition from farmers of the region. Opposing investigation by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) on the grounds that the team was composed of officials working under Chandrababu Naidu, he observed such team could not act impartially. He likened investigation by SIT to ordering an investigation by Kumbhakarna into Ravana’s taking hostage of Sithamma. He said an investigation by Hanumanthudu would certainly deliver goods. “Hanumanthu will kick both Ravana and Kumbhakarna,” he said amid laughter from the people around, preferring a CBI enquiry to that of SIT.

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Jagan alleged that as many as 350 acres of land was unlawfully acquired by one Paruchuri Bhaskara Rao, a close relative of Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao. The same benami took loans from banks by using those land records, he said.  A thousand crore worth of lands, which had been earlier allocated for a housing scheme for the poor, was given away to MVSS Murthi, a close relative of CM Chandrababu Naidu, he alleged.

The Telugu Desam leaders planned to acquire lands for cheaper rates from Mudapaka farmers by threatening them that they would have to lose them under land pooling scheme. He questioned the veracity of the statement of the officials that several records concerning lands were lost in Hudhud cyclonic storm. He ridiculed the officials by saying that the Collectorate was intact and did not submerge in waters.

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Charging that MLA Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy grabbed land in Pendurthy, he said MLAs, Ministers including Chandrababu’s son Nara Lokesh had their share in the scams unearthed in the region. “TDP leaders first buy lands around a place where the government decided to set up a project. Later, the government will acquire lands from farmers in that region excepting those bought by their own leaders,” he said citing the fate of farmers who were to give their lands for Bhogapuram airport.

Alleging that records pertaining to 1, 00,006 acres of land were tampered with, Jagan said, many assigned lands were pulled away from the beneficiaries including ex-service men. He sought to know from Chandrababu Naidu as to whose lands he acquired for construction of TDP Visakhapatnam district office in Dasapalla Layout. All throughout his speech, he trained his guns at the fledgling TDP leader and IT Minister Nara Lokesh by alleging that he had links with the scams. “Nakintha…Lokesh babuki antha,” was the Telugu phrase he used in his speech.

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Jagan assured the gathering that his party would fight for justice on behalf of them. If the struggle did not meet with success for any reason, the YSR Congress would do justice to all of them in a year, he said while assuring that their party would come to power after a year. “We will not let an inch of land to go into other’s hands. We are coming to power in a year. I will ensure they throw up what they ate up,” he said.

Party leaders Karanam Dhrmasree, Gudivada Amarnath also spoke at the protest. Left parties, Loksatta and other mass organisations extended their support to the dharna. Hundreds of farmers participated in the protest.

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  1. June 22, 2017

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ACB Raids On Gajuawaka Sub-Registrar, Is It Linked With Vizag Land Scam?

ACB, during its raids found massive illegal properties of Venkiah Naidu, Sub Registrar of Gajuwaka. Are these properties gifts from land grabbers involved in Vizag land scam?

Vizag: ACB has on Monday conducted raids on Gajuwaka sub-registrar Venkiah Naidu’s house and found huge collection of gold weighing in kilos, ₹ 2000 bundles and documents worth crore of rupees.

It is the same registrar who was suspended in 2013 for having excess amount of cash worth ₹ 80,000 and ACB sleuths are surprised to see crores of money in short span of time.

Now they are looking for clues about the link of Registrar in Vizag land scam which shook AP State recently.

BJP MLC Somraju demanded a CBI probe on Vizag land scam by saying Congress and TDP leaders are involved in the scam and became rich in a short span of time.

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Deepak Reddy Sacked

AP MLC Deepak Reddy, who was arrested by Hyderabad police for his involvement in land scam in the city, was suspended from the party by AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.

Amaravati: As the image of the party is getting tarnished due to various allegations regarding land scams, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu took a crucial decision. He had sacked AP MLC Deepak Reddy who was arrested in Hyderabad land scam case. The opposition parties in AP attacked Naidu as his MLC got arrested in the land scam. As there was pressure on him to expel Deepak from the party, Naidu is said to have taken this decision.

Incidentally, Deepak Reddy is the nephew of Tadipatri MLA JC Prabhakar Reddy. There are allegations that he illegally occupied lands in Hyderabad. Recently he was arrested. In the TDP coordination committee meeting that took place in the chief minister’s residence, a decision was taken to suspend Deepak Reddy. Party sources said that there was a discussion about Ganta Srinavas Rao also.

Sources said that Naidu warned both Ganta and Ayyannapatrudu not to bicker in public. He is said to have told them that such open criticism would only become a headline ache to the party. It was also decided by Naidu to form a three-member committee to resolve the disputes between them.

Along with it, a discussion was also held about selecting the candidate for Nandhyal by-election.

Meanwhile, political observers say that only time will prove how much effect do Naidu’s warning have on the warring ministers.

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Vizag Land Scam: Has Bribe Been Offered To Vijaya Sai Reddy?

It is getting cleared that ruling party leaders are involved in the land scam after a ruling party leader tried to bribe YSRCP MP Vijaya Sai Reddy to let off the scandal

Vizag: As expected, it is getting cleared that leaders of the ruling party leaders are involved in one of the biggest land scams in Andhra Pradesh.

As per YSRC Rajya Sabha Member Vijay Sai Reddy, Lokesh acquired huge amount through 1 lakh acres of land in Vishakapatnam. This scam is linked with Ministers like Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Anakapalli MLA Peela Govinda Swamy, Pendurthi MLA Bandaru Satyanarayana Murhty, Yelamanchali MLA Ramesh babu and Vizag East MLA Velagapudi Ramakarishna.

It is only MLA Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy who condemned Vijaya Sai Reddy’s allegations against the TDP MLAs, but all others were mum upto now.

On Monday, all party delegates visited the lands and interacted with the victims who lost their lands.

Vijaya Sai Reddy gave a shocking statement after he met the victims. He said that a person by name Venkatarama Raju came to him and offered bribe if YCP underplays the entire scandal.

As per Vijay Sai Reddy, Venkatarama Raju is a benami of CM Naidu and he vowed to bring guilyt to books.

For the first time, opposition party YSRCP gained upper hand over the ruling party in these three years.

TDP is slightly loosening its grip giving in to YSRCP as assembly elections are fast approaching.

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SIT To Probe Into Vizag Land Scam

AP Government has decided to set up an SIT to probe into the alleged land scam at Vizag in which big wigs of ruling party are reportedly involved.

Visakhapatnam: A Special Investigation Team comprising revenue, police and law officials would look into the major land scam that came to light recently. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, at a review meeting late on Monday at Amaravathi, gave his nod to set up an SIT.

Deputy Chief Minister K E Krishna Murthy while briefing the details of the meeting at Amaravathi said, the SIT would complete its investigation before a cut-off date. The Team would examine all the land transactions that took place in Kommadi, Madhurawada and other areas and ascertain what went wrong and who were involved in the alleged scam.

Records pertaining to lands worth about ₹ 2, 000 crore were tampered with allegedly by the revenue employees in Visakhapatnam (Rural) mandal. The Records of Rights (RoR) 1 B records and the field measurement books (FMB) which contain the details of ownership were reportedly tampered with by a few revenue employees. The Anti-Corruption Bureau registered a case against one M.Sankara Rao leveling charges that he possessed assets disproportionate to his rightful income.

Of the lands whose records were tampered with, major chunk belongs to the state government. Officials heaved a sigh of relief when they realized the lands did not practically go into the hands of others as yet.

The review meeting was attended by the Home Minister N.China Rajappa, the district collector Pravin Kumar and the district revenue officials.

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ACB Raids Houses Of Tahasildar In Connection With Land Scam In Vizag

The ACB has cracked its whip against those involved in tampering with the field measurement books of Visakhapatnam rural mandals where several crore worth government land alleged to have gone into the hands of private persons.
M. Sankara Rao

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.

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  1. June 24, 2017

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