Amaravati, May 15 :
Politicians and some bureaucrats connived to bring in G.O.Ms.41 (The Andhra Pradesh Capital City Land Pooling Scheme), amending rules to allot developed plots to those in possession of assigned lands.
The CID submitted crucial evidence to the High Court about the connivance of then Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and some bureaucrats. THigh Court of Andhra Pradesh stayed all proceedings in the case filed by Mangalagiri MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy against former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and former Minister for Municipal Administration P. Narayan.
The CID submitted crucial evidence in a counter affidavit and urged the court to lift the stay and help in further investigations.
“The whole scam is centred on a web of lies and deceit. A campaign was run over claims made by some political sections and government agencies that the assigned lands would be taken over by the government creating a sense of fear and panic in the assignees, most of them belonging to Dalit communities. The assigned lands were then bought at throwaway prices and later submitted to a land pooling scheme. In return, they were provided with developed plots after bringing in G.O Ms No 41 in February 2016 in violation of all existing rules. The issuance of the GO has caused massive loss to the State exchequer and in violation of business rules,’’ said the CID DSP Lakshminarayana in a counter affidavit submitted in the High Court.
The investigative agency submitted that it had established the criminal conspiracy by the then Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and the then Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana in issuing GO 41. The investigation that was in progress would bring all facts out.
The CID told the High Court that in yet another startling discovery it was found that the then Joint Collector of Guntur Ch.Sreedhar issued oral instructions to the Tahsildar, Thullur, to hand over all the revenue records including the RSR, FMB, Adangals, 1 B original land records to the office of JC. He did this even without the knowledge of the District Collector.
The CID recorded the statement of then Tahsildar Tirupathi Venkateswarlu, who held additional charge as Thullur Tahsildar during September-November , 2014. He was succeeded by Anne Sudhir.The whole conspiracy came into light when the office of Collector, Guntur, wrote to Tahsildars of the three mandals of Thullur, Tadepalli and Mangalagiri to say that there were no revenue records available and asked them to do a field survey and find out who were in possession of assigned lands. “The nature of the scam is so clear as the then JC had asked the Tahsildars to take possession of all revenue records and keep them in his room, and later in 2016, the office or collector wrote a letter seeking records. It is evident that only Dr. Sreedhar (the then JC, Guntur) knew where the original land records were and he had not submitted the records neither to his successor nor to the Collector, the CID submitted.