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AP govt requests CBI probe into ''land scam'' in Amaravati capital region

AP govt requests CBI probe into ''land scam'' in Amaravati capital region
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Amaravati, Sep 14 (PTI): The Andhra Pradesh government has

requested the Centre to entrust to the CBI, the investigation

into the alleged land scam in Amaravati capital region and

also the scandal in the AP State Fiber Net Limited.

The state government had already written to the Centre on

these issues separately in March and July.

The ruling YSR Congress MPs have now submitted a fresh

petition as the monsoon session of Parliament got underway on

Monday.

A Cabinet Sub-Committee, headed by Finance Minister

Buggana Rajendranath, had already conducted a probe into the

land deals in Amaravati region and also other transactions

during the previous Telugu Desam Party regime and submitted a

report to the state government.

Based on the Cabinet Sub-Committees findings, the state

government constituted a Special Investigation Team to

investigate deeper into the alleged scandals.

Simultaneously, it decided to entrust the case to the CBI

and accordingly wrote to the Centre.

With the Centre yet to respond, the YSRC MPs took up the

issue at the instance of Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy

and presented a detailed memorandum to the Centre, the ruling

party sources said.

In its representation to the Centre, the state government

pointed out that 4,069.94 acres of land was purchased by

persons privy to information of location of the Capital and

their suspected benamis, between June 1 and December 31, 2014.

The then state government in its September 22, 2015

order, extended the total boundary area of AP Capital Region

from the existing 7,068.20 sq.km to 8,352.69 sq.km, adding

extra 1,284.49 sq.km, to benefit certain connected people

holding lands on the fringes.

The Jagan government said there was illegal tampering

and fabrication of revenue records by revenue officials in

connivance with persons officiating in the previous regime.

"In view of the above, the Government of AP decided to

entrust the case to the CBI to investigate the massive land

scam," the representation said.

Referring to the scandal in the APSFL, it said various

lapses and favoritism were exhibited by the concerned in

awarding contracts to the ineligible and in favour of the

contractor, who was not the lowest bidder.

"Tender conditions were relaxed to facilitate the award

of work to Tera Software Ltd., though the Central PSE

Telecommunication Consultants India emerged as the lowest

bidder.

It was not considered for Project Monitoring Authority

on inadequate grounds even though less price was quoted by the

firm but instead the APSFL chose to call for fresh bids.

Non-selection of TCIL was due to the fear that the

Central PSE would expose the compromised tender conditions to

favour Tera Software Ltd.

Hence the decision to seek a CBI inquiry to unearth

the massive irregularities, the YSRC MPs said in the

representation. PTI DBV APR

RAVINDRANATH

APR

RAVINDRANATH


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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