BRS MLA Malla Reddy booked for cheating as tribal family alleges land-grabbing

The police also booked an MRO and six others for allegedly grabbing the land in the Medchal-Malkajgiri district.

ByAjay Tomar

Published Dec 13, 2023 | 11:00 PMUpdatedDec 13, 2023 | 11:02 PM

Former Telangana Minister & BRS MLA Malla Reddy booked for cheating charges in alleged land grabbing of a tribal man

Former Telangana minister and incumbent Medchal MLA Chamakura Malla Reddy has been booked — along with a Mandal Revenue Officer (MRO) and six others — in a cheating case over allegations of land-grabbing.

The case has been registered by the Shamirpet police under IPC Sections 420 (cheating) and Section 3 (1) (g) (wrongfully dispossessing a member of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe from his land) of the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act of 2015.

The 74-year-old complainant, Bikshapathi Kethavath, said that the accused tried to illegally grab the land on 3 November, at a time when the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) was in force for the 30 November Telangana Assembly elections.

Bikshapathi belongs to the Lambada community, which is a Scheduled Tribe (ST).

According to the FIR that was registered based on the Bikshapathi’s complaint, he said he owns 47 acres and 18 guntas of land in the Keshavaram village in the Shamirpet Mandal of the Medchal-Malkajgiri district.

He said the land was ancestral, and was registered to the name of his mother Raji.

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What is the case?

“On 3 November, a month before the Telangana state elections, the accused persons Srinivas Reddy, Harimoham Reddy, Madhukar Reddy, Shivudu, Malla Reddy (the BRS MLA), Sneha Ramireddy, Ramidi Laxhmamma, Ramidi Neha Reddy and some other people told me that they were going to acquire my land. They later carried out the property transfer,” Bikshapathi told South First.

He added that Muduchintalapally village (Shamirpet) tehsildar Surender committed forgery as he transferred the land without his knowledge.

“I filed a complaint on 18 November and the FIR was filed on 6 December. The first name of Malla Reddy, Chamakura, was dropped, I am not sure why,” said the elderly man.

“It seems the first accused, Srinivas Reddy, got the land transferred to his name in 2022, but I and my family got to know about it only last month. The land was taken over by Malla Reddy and aides,” he claimed.

As per the FIR, accessed by South First, the complainant said the accused gave ₹3 lakh each to all seven members of the family for the land purchase. “But the actual cost is much higher,” he said.