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Updated On 24-11-2018 12:14:11 ISTUpdated On 24-11-20182018-11-24T06:44:43.786Z08-11-2018 2018-11-08T00:00:00.000Z - 2018-11-24T06:44:11.287Z - 24-11-2018
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) tabled its final report on the massive land scam in Visakhapatnam before the Andhra Pradesh Cabinet on Tuesday. It is learned that many bureaucrats, local politicians, and a former minister are named in the report.
This multi-crore scam came to light in June 2017, when complaints of encroachments over several acres of land and tampering of records came from across Visakhapatnam district. Majority of land is in the areas near Madhurawada and Kommadi.
Media reports suggest that the SIT report names some high-profile people including YSRCP leader Dharmana Prasada Rao, Visakhapatnam Collector Praveen Kumar and Vizag Port Trust (VPT) Chairman Krishna Babu.
While none of the officials could be reached for a comment, Prasada Rao denied the allegations.
Days after the scam came to light, the state formed a SIT consisting of Police, Revenue and Law Department officials. The opposition parties are not at all satisfied with the SIT report.
AP chief minister N Chandrababu wants to take action against the culprits as soon as possible. He also claimed if the case is given to the CBI, it would take more than two decades to come to a conclusion. He believes in quick action where the evidence is given today and action is taken tomorrow.
YSRCP chief YS Jagan took this opportunity to accuse TDP and its leaders of being involved in the land scam and that is why the probe is not being handed to the CBI.
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