Thursday, August 5, 2021

AP Govt. withdraws petition in SC on Amaravati lands

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh government has informed the Supreme Court that it is withdrawing the petition it had filed challenging the interim orders of AP High Court on Amaravati land deals. The government alleged in its petition that Dammalapati Srinivas had purchased lands in Amaravati with information that the capital was going to be located there. The HC had issued gag orders on the ACB Report on the land deals. The daughters of CJI NV Ramana were also named in the report.

AP govt. had filed a petition in SC in SC in November last. On Thursday when the case was heard, the state government had informed the apex court that the case is pending with the HC and a counter would be filed in HC. The Bench consisting of Justice Vineeth Saran and Justice Dinesh Maheswari asked the HC to complete the proceedings in four weeks time.

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It may be recalled that the SC Bench had dismissed the Special Leave Petition filed by AP State govt. against the HC judgment on the allegation of insider trading in the land deals in Amaravati during June-December 2014. The apex court had made it clear that there was no insider trading in Amaravati land deals.

The AP High Court has stayed the probe into the Amravati land deal and directed the media not to publish articles on the issue. However, the AP government has approached the Supreme Court challenging the interim orders of the AP High Court. AP Government has challenged the High Court order in the case of former Advocate General Dammalapati. 13 people, including former AG Dammalapati, were accused of land grabbing. ACB has registered an FIR in the past. The FIR shows offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, criminal breach of trust and cheating under the Indian Penal Code.

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Senior Advocate Harish Salve, for Mr Srinivas, countered that the case indeed a case of ‘regime revenge’. The case should be continued in the top court itself and State Government cannot fight in two forums at a time.
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