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AP HC directs CM to appear in court over land deal

Last Updated: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 19:04

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh High Court
on Monday issued notices to Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy
and Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao directing them to
appear before it in a case related to encroachment of
government assigned lands by the Chief Minister in his native
Idupulapaya in Kadapa district.
A division bench of the High Court comprising Justice D
S R Varma and Justice R Kantha Rao issued the orders today on
a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by senior TDP leader
P Ashoka Gajapathi Raju.

The case has been posted to September 9 for further

Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and Dharmana Prasada Rao are
respondents No. 8 and 9 in the case. Both the Chief Minister
and the Revenue Minister will have to appear before the High
Court through their lawyers and subsequently file their
counters, according to counsel for the petitioner Kanakamedala
Ravindra Kumar.

The PIL was filed two years ago after the state
government refused to initiate any action against the Chief
Minister who admitted to have encroached upon over 300 acres
of government assigned land at Idupulapaya in Kadapa district.

The Chief Minister initially had told the state Assembly
that the total assigned land in his family`s possession in the
Idupulapaya estate was over 700 acres but subsequently reduced
it to 300 acres.

He pleaded that he was ignorant of the fact that the
said lands were government assigned.

Ashoka Gajapathi Raju, now a deputy leader of the Telugu
Desam Legislature Party, filed the PIL in the High Court
alleging that Rajasekhara Reddy violated the provisions of
Forest Act, Land Reforms Act, Land Encroachment Act, AP
Assigned Lands Act among others.

The High Court had earlier issued notices to the state
government on the issue. Now, notices have been issued to the
Chief Minister as well as the Revenue Minister.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 19:04
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