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The Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh on Monday announced that all the cases pertaining to alleged irregularities in land pooling and land purchases in Amaravati will be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
It may be recalled that the YSRCP government has been alleging large-scale irregularities in the proposed capital city of Amaravati during the Chandrababu Naidu regime. The charge was that the TDP leaders benefited in the land pooling through insider information about the capital city.
A press note released by the state government amidst Coronavirus scare recalled the constitution of a Cabinet Sub-Committee in June 2019 to verify allegations of corruption, nepotism, pilferage of public funds etc and submit a detailed report. The Committee, the note said, 'conclusively' opined in its report in December 2019 that public servants at the head of affairs in the erstwhile Government of Andhra Pradesh misused and abused their official position to pre-determine the location of the new capital and subsequently purchased lands to unjustly and illegally benefit their associates, their companies and businesses, family members and/or political party members.
"The boundaries of the capital and its infrastructure were designed and modified to suit their personal interests. Further, the said officials in violation of their oaths revealed the privileged information about capital city location to their associates."
The report of the Cabinet Sub-Committee also found several irregularities and illegalities with respect to the procedure followed by the erstwhile Government in acquiring lands, offences committed by dispossessing landless poor of assigned lands -by an elaborate conspiracy, forgery, fabrication of documents, tampering of records, etc.
These transactions, the press release said, were penal offences under the Indian Penal Code, the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 1988, Prevention of Money-laundering Act, etc.
Subsequently, a Special Investigation Team was constituted in this regard and it was notified as a police station with statewide jurisdiction. While examining the contents of the report of the Cabinet sub-committee and the investigation done by the CBCID, A.P, in the abovementioned case, it emerged that for the commission of the above-mentioned offences, the funds were channelized by certain people living in states outside Andhra Pradesh and even abroad.
"Owing to the high profile nature of the accused involved and the need to carry out an investigation in the inter-state and international areas, it was felt that this is a fit subject to be investigated by a national agency such as the Central Bureau of Investigation. Hence, a reference and the report of the Cabinet sub-committee were forwarded to the Ministry of DoPT, with a request for CBI to take up the investigation," the Jagan government's note said.
The in-principle consent of the Government of Andhra Pradesh under Section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act,1946 has been conveyed to enable the CBI to undertake the investigation in the case.
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