Scamandhra: Turmeric Scam and Vizag Land Scam

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A week after being booked in an alleged land grabbing case by the Anandapuram police in Vishakapatnam, TDP MLA from Anakapalle, Peela Govinda Satyanarayana, slammed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the land scam that has shaken the city.

 

The MLA also filed a complaint with the District Collector, against Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) Venkateshwarlu, questioning his jurisdiction in passing order on lands “lawfully purchased” by his father.

According to reports, the Anandapuram police stated that Peela Govind and his associates grabbed 95.89 acres of government land, after allegedly tampering the Revenue Department’s land records.

The MLA has alleged that the RDO issued orders based on photocopies of a Madras High Court judgement in 1930, and claimed that documents were not verified and there was no preliminary investigation, The Hindu reported. 

“The RDO’s partisan attitude has brought down my family image,’’ Govind claimed.

Other reports quoted him claiming that he has shown all necessary documents and explained how his father purchased the land from 1995 to 2005.

This also comes days after two women filed a land grabbing complaint against Govind and a few of his relatives.

A woman, Sheikh Adambi, along with her daughter, submitted a representation to city Police Commissioner T Yoganand, alleging that they were being threatened by the Anakapalle legislator.

In the complaint, the woman claimed that the MLA’s aides had picked her up along with her daughter, and confined them in the legislator’s house, where they were assaulted, and allegedly threatened by some unidentified men.

Meanwhile, the Visakhapatnam land scam continued to kick up a storm in the district.

The police arrested former tehsildar of Bheemili, BTV Rama Rao, on Monday, on charges of land grabbing, tampering of land records and corruption.

The scam came to light in June this year, and deals with alleged tampering of records with more than a 100 complaints, alleging that nearly 1,000 acres of land was grabbed.

The SIT was formed on June 11 and consists of Police, Revenue and Law Department officials.

The investigation into the turmeric scam in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district has resulted in criminal cases being filed on Monday against 17 leaders of the TDP and the YSRCP.

Interestingly, cases have also been filed against YSR Congress Party leaders, who had earlier pointed fingers at some TDP leaders, and alleged their role in the scam.

Cases were booked against eight YSRCP leaders and nine TDP leaders, according to The New Indian Express.

 

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