AP government institutes SIT to probe corruption during TDP rule

South India

HYDERABAD: Confounding trouble for former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and his partymen, the YSR Congress party government in Andhra Pradesh has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into all the decisions taken by the previous Naidu government following bifurcation of the state in June 2014.

A government order issued late on Friday night empowers the SIT to investigate into the alleged irregularities in various decisions taken by the TDP government found during a preliminary study made by a cabinet sub-committee headed by finance minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy, said a Hintustan Times report.

The 10-member SIT, headed by State intelligence chief Kolli Raghuram Reddy, comprises senior senior police officers Babujee Attada, Ch Venkata Appala Naidu, Srinivas Reddy, Jayarama Raju, Vijaya Bhaskar, M Giridhar, Kennedy, I Srinivasan and S V Rajashekar Reddy.

The SIT would inquire, register, investigate and conclude the investigation according to the provisions of CrPC, on the subject matter. It would function as a nodal single point contact, including for sharing of information and coordinating if necessary, with the state and central investigating agencies.

The SIT would have powers to call for any person or officer in connection with the inquiry and investigation and to record his or her statement as per the provisions of CrPC. It can also call for and examine any record pertaining to the issues/land transactions in various aspects, the GO said.

The HT report quoted an official from the chief minister’s office as saying that the SIT would also focus on insider trading of land indulged in by several individuals having prior knowledge of location of the new capital, manipulations of boundaries of capital under Land Pooling Scheme for monetary gains through appreciation of land value and systematic inclusion of areas belonging to TDP leaders and ruling party leaders and supporters into the new capital zone.

The decision to form the SIT followed chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy’s statement in the assembly in January revealing his intention to initiate such a probe when he brought in the three capitals bills stripping the Naidu-planned Amaravati from its sole mega capital status.

Reddy has been alleging large scale wrongdoing on part of Naidu’s government in selection of Amaravati as the capital location, to benefit his benamis and associates in the government and Telugu Desam Party, “who by way of insider trading accumulated huge land tracts there.”


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