Even as Andhra Pradesh government’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has filed an FIR pertaining to Amaravati land scam, where it is alleged that former Advocate General Dammalapati Srinivas is involved, former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has started playing out his games.
Chandrababu Naidu has brought former AG in forefront to accuse the state government of trying to illegally arrest him! To counter the Cabinet Sub Committee’s report which alleged that former CM was involved in insider trading of the land transactions in the capital region, Chandrababu Naidu has fired the first salvo in the form of former AG!
The former AG has sought the high court’s intervention to restrain the state police and the Centre from taking any coercive action against him, adding that a court-monitored probe should be initiated into allegations of irregular land allotment in Amaravati during the Naidu regime.
Srinivas, who was appointed as the AG in May 2016, has alleged that the Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy-led state government “has been running the government in utter disregard to the constitution and rule of law…” He said that the chief minister had instructed the state police agencies to “illegally arrest” him without any complaint or FIR, so as to coerce him into “a state of genuflection.”
ACB director general PSR Anjaneyulu told media that the case had been registered under Prevention of Corruption Act, Cheating and Criminal Conspiracy. He alleged. “This is a case of abusing of official position by the then AG. The accused obtained pecuniary advantage in the form of land for his father-in-law, brother-in-law and his associates, acquaintances.”
Based on the complaint received, the director general of ACB ordered a preliminary enquiry. Based on the contents of the complaint, an enquiry report FIR is issued.
In the committee and SIT report it is alleged, “By virtue of his position Srinivas used official secrets, fund his close relatives Nannapaneni Lakshminarayana, Nannapaneni Seetharama Raju, Nannapaneni Krishnamurthy and procured about 41.6 acres of land in the core capital area. The investment made was about Rs 4.9 crores. CRDA had later fixed the value of each acre at Rs 4 crores which would the property would be worth Rs 165 crores.”
Meanwhile, Srinivas says that the CM may have a ‘personal grudge’ against him as he was on the side of the prosecution in a trial against Jagan and his father YS Rajasekhara Reddy at a CBI court. The case relates to alleged illegal quid pro quo investments made by some companies owned by Jagan.
Srinivas said many critics of the Jagan government are facing allegedly false charges. Due to his representation of the previous Naidu government in various cases, the Jagan government is looking to ‘frame’ him in false cases and arrest him, the former AG said.