The Andhra Pradesh CID on Tuesday arrested five people who were allegedly involved in illegal transactions of specified land in Amaravati capital region during the previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) rule.
Assigned land is land allotted by governments to ex-servicemen, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and poor, landless beneficiaries, which cannot be sold or given to any third party.
The main accused in the alleged illegal purchase of land in the Amaravati capital region was Dr Pongguru Narayan, Minister of Municipal Administration and Urban Development and founder of Narayan Group of Educational Institutions, the CID said in a statement.
Responding to the allegations, TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu He said, “After almost three years of investigation, the YSRCP government could not find anything against the TDP leaders whom it wanted to target. Instead, it has arrested five innocent people.” He was echoed by TDP national general secretary Nara Lokesh Naidu.
The CID said that as the Minister of Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Dr Narayan had prior knowledge about which areas would be declared as Capital Region and planned illegal purchase of land allotted in the Capital Region area by telling the owners It was made that if they do not give their money of land to the government, it will be forcibly taken away without any compensation. He then used his own relatives and acquaintances to do benami transactions. “Certain transactions were done through Ramakrishna Housing Pvt Ltd, a firm allegedly linked to Dr Narayan,” the CID said.
The five people arrested by the CID have been identified as Kolli Sivaram and G Venkatesh, employees of Ramakrishna Housing Pvt Ltd. Vijayawada, and real estate brokers Chikkala Vijaya Saradhi, Bade Anjanyelu and Kotti Krishna Dora Babu. Visakhapatnam,
A CID source said that this particular case involves Section 7 of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2015, Amendment and AP Allotted Lands (Prohibition on Transfer) Act 1977 and Section 13(2) of the Prevention of . The investigation of 169.27 acres of land registered at CID Police Station Mangalagiri under the Corruption Act 1988 is being conducted. “Overall, illegal transactions are suspected on the allotted land of 1,100 acres in the Amaravati capital region,” the CID said.
The CID said that Dr Narayan, who was close to N Chandrababu Naidu, knew which areas would come under the capital and the capital region. He was also aware of the formulation and implementation of the AP Capital Region Development Authority Act and the rules framed for the Land Pooling Scheme. The CID said that he was a member of various committees constituted under the AP CRDA Act, 2014 and knew what was happening.
The CID said that Dr Narayan and others “conspired to create insecurity in the minds of the well-to-do farmers, who were in possession of assigned lands, especially Scheduled Castes and Backward Castes, and to protect their men and revenue officials.” There was a message that the state government would take away the land from those in possession and a kind of insecurity had arisen in their minds that the government would take back the entrusted land without any compensation.
The CID statement said that as minister, Dr Narayan had control over the layout of the city and permitting buildings. “In misuse and abuse of his official position for his personal gain, he along with his family members conspired to buy land in connivance with KPC Anjani Kumar, Director, Ramakrishna Housing Pvt Ltd. The bank accounts of Ramakrishna Housing Pvt Ltd were used to transfer payments to the specified land holders and the employees of the company actively participated in these transactions,” the CID said.
According to the CID, these illegal transactions were denied by Arduru Gopal, the then sub-registrar of Mangalagiri. The CID says that intense pressure was brought on Gopal to facilitate the registration of the sale deed on land already in the restricted list under Section 22A of the Indian Registration Act, 1908. The Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (POA) by fraudulent manner from their assigned land belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes attracts the provisions of section 3(1)(g) of 1989,” it said.
The CID further alleged that the then commissioner APCRDA Cherukuri Sridhar and Guntur District Collector Kantilal Dande clearly stated that the allotted land including the land given to ex-servicemen and freedom fighters cannot be sold or bought, but still the then TDP government went ahead which enacted the Andhra Pradesh Allotted Lands (Prohibition of Transfer) Act. Violated 1977.
“So far, a financial trace of Rs 15 crore has been observed from Ponguru Narayan and his family members from entities linked to M/s Ramakrishna Housing Pvt Ltd. This inflow of funds is linked to the purchase of land allotted to SC/s. ST/BC farmers in Amravati, AP Capital Area at reduced rates,” said CID. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) said that this is the second time that the YSRCP government has targeted Dr Narayan.
On May 10, CID of Andhra Pradesh Police arrested Dr Narayan for allegedly leaking SSC question papers of a teacher working in an institute. On April 27, the question paper of Telugu subject was allegedly leaked by a teacher of Narayana College in Tirupati.