Six detained in land scam worth 500 crore

The Crime Investigation Department (CID) uncovered a major land scam worth 500 crore by arresting six people, including the hub, who allegedly alienated 2,320 acres of government land.

The scam came to light after Somala mandal tahsildar A. Syamprasad Reddy filed a complaint on May 29, 2020, against three people – Rajan, Dharani and Madhusudhan, accusing them of obtaining pattadar passbooks by manipulating tax documents, in both physically and online.

Police Superintendent S. Senthil Kumar transferred the matter to the CID and asked his Deputy Police Superintendent G. Ravikumar to expedite the investigation.

Tracing the case to a similar case that surfaced in 2017 in Peddapanjani, where the accused trio were the same, Mr. Ravikumar discovered the involvement of Mr. Ganesh Pillai (72), who had been karanam of 184 Gollapalle village of Yadamari mandal. in 1977-1984.

He then joined the civil service as a village administration officer in 1992, following the abolition of the Karanam system, and retired in 2010.

Pillai allegedly abused his knowledge and experience with land registries and attempted to alienate 2,320 acres of land under 93 survey numbers in 13 mandals in Chittoor District between 2005 and 2010.

Mr Ravikumar said that it was Ganesh Pillai who obtained the 2,320 acres of alienated land worth 500 crore registered in the name of his children MG Madhusudhan, MG Rajan, V. Komala and K. Dharani, who had were appointed co-accused in the case.

Adavi Ramana (61), with a criminal background and who is also accused of aiding and abetting Pillai’s attempted forgery, has been arrested.

The CID will soon bring the accused to court.

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