Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Lok Ayukta has
taken suo moto cognisance of the acts of omission and
commission by an IAS officer in his previous stint as
Collector of Hyderabad district, official sources said.
The state government has already ordered a probe by the
Chief Commissioner of Land Administration against Navin
Mittal, a 1996-batch IAS officer currently serving as Special
Commissioner of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.
The Lok Ayukta has asked Hyderabad district Collector
Natarajan Gulzar to submit a report on the regularisation of
government lands by Navin as well as the "missing files" in
the Collectorate, the sources said.
Navin has been facing charges of gross wrongdoings in
regularisation of government lands worth crores of rupees in
the state capital.
Some of the controversial prime properties that Navin
allegedly regularised in contravention of law include a Rs
30-crore worth government land at Bathukammakunta, a 10,000-sq
yd plot at Bapunagar and a 4,000-sq yd government hospital
land at Sanathnagar in Hyderabad.
Some individuals also petitioned the government that
their private properties were also regularised illegally by
the then district Collector in someone else`s name.
As legislators cutting across party lines raised their
voice over the "grave misdeeds" by Navin, the state government
ordered a probe by the CCLA, who is second only to the Chief
Secretary in the state bureaucracy, the sources said.
Going by the seriousness of the allegations, the Lok
Ayukta has taken suo moto cognisance of the issue and directed
the Hyderabad district Collector to submit a report on all
regularisation files, they said.