Land case: AP High Court stays proceedings against Rosaiah

Hyderabad: Giving a breather to former Chief Minister K Rosaiah, the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Friday stayed further proceedings in a case of government land being denotified for four weeks.

A local court on December 27, while hearing on a PIL challenging the then Rosaiah-led government's decision to denotify nine acres of land in prime Ameerpet area, directed the Anti-Corruption Bureau to inquire into the issue and submit a report before January 28.

The petition was filed by Mohanlal, a practicing advocate.

Justice T Gopalakrishna who heard a lunch motion filed by Satyandra Prasad, one of persons named in the ACB order, stayed the investigation and further proceedings.

The ACB which had received orders from the ACB Court referred the matter to legal experts for further action.

"Unless the court clears the matter we cannot proceed further," an ACB the official told PTI.

The nine-acre land in question was acquired by the state sometime ago from land owners for constructing commercial complexes.

According to Mohanlal, the land was bought by Dr G N Naidu and 14 others from the land owners in 1997 after the land acquisition notification was issued.

However in 2010, following a representation from G N Naidu, the Andhra Pradesh government withdrew the land acquisition notification and handed over the land to the private parties in an unlawful manner, Mohanlal said in his complaint to the ACB court.

According to him, the present value of the land would be over Rs 200 crore.