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Land-Grabbing By MP or KCR Government?

The allegation levelled by Araku MP Kothapalli Geetha that the Telangana government headed by K Chandrasekhar Rao had encroached upon her 53 acres of land located at Rayadurg in Hyderabad has raised many eyebrows.

She said she had legally purchased the land eight years ago and she had all the relevant documents, including encumbrance certificate, title deeds and approved layout. However, the revenue authorities say it is the government land and Geetha had illegally occupied it and tried to get it regularised. In the early hours of Monday, the revenue authorities took over the land and got it fenced.

Geetha, who got elected on YSR Congress party ticket, later joined the Telugu Desam Party. The question is how she could purchase such a huge piece of land at Rayadurg, which is now worth over Rs 500 crore.

Eight years ago, she was a Group-I officer, working in various capacities as Deputy Collector, Sub-Collector, Special Deputy Collector( Land protection), Revenue Divisional Officer, Land acquisition officer, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Special officer in Survey and land records etc. Apparently, she used her influence as land acquisition officer and acquired the Rayadurg land, thanks to the blessings of the then Y S Rajasekhar Reddy government.

“She must have made big money during her government job. If she really purchased the land legally, then the Income Tax authorities should probe as to how she had earned so much money. If she had resorted to any corruption, it would be an ACB case. A normal government servant cannot purchase such a huge extent of land,” an official said.

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