CBI searches former MLA Yarapatineni Srinivas Rao's residence in connection with illegal mining case

South India

 Searches were conducted at 25 places including Guntur district and Hyderabad. 


The Central Bureau of Investigation has conducted searches  at the residence of TDP leader and former MLA Yarapatineni Srinivas Rao in connection with an illegal mining case.

The CBI team has conducted searches at 25 places in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana including the residence of TDP leader. 

As per the report, Searches were conducted at places in Guntur district and also in Telangana’s Hyderabad belonging to Rao and others related to the case.

According to officials, the CBI teams seized several incriminating documents, mobile phones, material objects and cash during the search operation. The investigation agency will make use of satellite imagery for volumetric analysis.
Yarapathineni, who represented the Gurajala assembly constituency in Guntur district, has been facing allegations of committing irregularities in obtaining licences for limestone mining.

On August 26 this year, the CBI had registered a case against 17 accused persons in the matter after the state government had sought to transfer the matter from the Andhra Pradesh CB-CID, a request approved by the Central government.

The YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government ordered an investigation by the Crime Investigation Department (CID) of the state police. Later, the state government sought the CBI to probe

"It was alleged that the accused had fraudulently conducted illegal and unauthorised mining, quarrying and transportation of limestone in Konanki village of Piduguralla Mandal, Kesanupalli and Nadikudi villages of Dachepalli Mandal, Guntur district for several years and thereby caused revenue loss to the Government and other licensed leaseholders, and also exploited the natural resources," the CBI said in a statement.

CBI further alleged that illegal mining of several lakh tonnes of limestone was conducted by the accused during the period from 2014 to 2018, as a result of which, natural resources worth several crore of rupees have been plundered.


With inputs from Agency

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