AP CID secures additional evidence in Amaravati assigned land case, submits pleas to reopen quash petition

With the fresh evidence, the CID will tighten screws against those involved in the case. The court is expected to hear petitions on 16 October.

BySouth First Desk

Published Oct 15, 2023 | 6:44 PMUpdatedOct 15, 2023 | 6:45 PM


The Andhra Pradesh Crime Investigation Department (CID), which is probing the Amaravati assigned land case, filed two petitions in the state high court seeking to reopen the hearing in the quash petition in view of additional evidence it secured in the case, it is learnt.

With the fresh evidence, the CID will tighten the screws against those involved in the case. The court is expected to hear the petitions on Monday, 16 October.

Former municipal administration minister P Narayana’s close relative sent an audio-visual statement explaining in detail how the former minister brought the assigned lands illegally from farmers of more than two dozen villages in the capital region during the tenure of TDP before 2019.

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Purchased by Narayana’s relatives

The land was purchased with the help of Narayana’s relatives, his employees, and middlemen from the farmers belonging to SCs, STs, and Backward Classes with the alleged intimidation that the assigned land was owned by the state government and it would take over the land without giving any compensation to them.

Based on a complaint lodged by YSRCP MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy, the CID registered a case in March 2021 under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, and Andhra Pradesh Assigned Lands (Prohibition of Transfer) Act.

The probe agency named TDP national president and former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu as the prime accused in the case. It also named Narayana as an accused in the case.

Naidu is currently lodged in Rajamahendravaram Central Prison after being remanded to judicial remand in the alleged Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC) scam.

The CID, which is also investigating the Inner Ring Road (IRR) case, mentioned the names of Chandrababu Naidu and Narayana along with other private individuals and companies in the case.

The names of Naidu and Narayana were included in the case as, according to the CID, they played a key role in designing the master plan and accordingly trying to make changes to the alignment of the inner ring road.