Nellore: Chillakur police on Sunday registered criminal cases against 13 persons, including Chillakur mandal ex-tahsildar Geetha Vani and revenue inspector Siraj for their alleged involvement in the land scam at Tamminapatnam village in Gudur division.
It may be recalled that Nellore district collector Chakradhar Babu had in July ordered Gudur sub-collector to probe alleged tampering of land records in Chillakur mandal based on a complaint by Geetha Vani when she was the tahsildar there. According to revenue officials, there are 271 acres of land in survey number 94-3. From among these, 209.25 acres had been transferred to a new survey number 327 2a-H1 to H11. The same had then been allotted to 11 fake farmers on the web portal.
Incidentally, these 271 acres had originally been in the name of Director of Ports and had been meant for industrial development. Land records had been tampered in a bid to collect compensation to an extent of ₹ 45.35 crore from the government.
Former tahsildar Geetha Vani complained to police in the first week of July against a computer operator alleging he had tampered with the records using her digital key. But Chillakur sub-inspector Ajay Kumar said they had booked cases against Geetha Vani (now DAO at RDO’s office), Siraj (senior assistant at tahsildar’s office, Venkatagiri), D. Subrahmanyam, A. Lakshmi, K. Sankaraiah, P. Sudarsanamma, D. Raghuramaiah, Ch. Santamma, T. Padmavathi, B. Parvathamma, B. Jayamma, J. Jagadeeswara Reddy, and V. Ankama Rao.
While this is so, sources in revenue department have disclosed that actual culprits behind the scam are some bigwigs in the ruling YSRC party.