October 19, 2021

Six held in land scam worth ₹500 crore

The Crime Investigation Department (CID) unearthed a major land scam worth ₹500 crore by arresting six persons, including the kingpin, who had allegedly alienated 2,320 acres of government land.

The scam had come to light after Somala mandal tahsildar A. Syamprasad Reddy had lodged a complaint on May 29, 2020, against three persons – Rajan, Dharani and Madhusudhan, accusing them of obtaining pattadar passbooks by manipulating revenue documents, both physically and online.

Superintendent of Police S. Senthil Kumar transferred the case to the CID, and asked its Deputy Superintendent of Police G. Ravikumar to expedite the investigation.

Tracing the case to a similar one that had surfaced in 2017 at Peddapanjani, where the accused trio was the same, Mr. Ravikumar found the involvement of M. Ganesh Pillai (72), who had served as karanam of 184 Gollapalle village of Yadamari mandal during 1977-1984.

He had subsequently joined the…

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