YSR Congress party on Monday accused the Chandrababu Naidu government of trying to dilute the multi-crore Visakhapatnam land scam by downplaying its magnitude.
Rejecting the Special Investigation Team findings on the land scam in Visakhapatnam, YSR Congress reiterated that only a CBI inquiry can bring out the facts as officials and politicians are involved in the misappropriation of land and the magnitude of the swindle has been underplayed by the state investigation agency.
Senior leader Botsa Satyanarayana said the report of the SIT had underplayed the magnitude of the crime as many officials, local ministers, ruling party leaders and top leadership are involved in it.
We have been demanding for a third party (CBI) inquiry into the scam as a state agency cannot do justice and be impartial in the multi-crore scam.
“State DGP has read out the SIT and said that the scam took place only 270 acres of land in two villages, whereas the misuse of land occurred in over one lakh acres of land covering 233 villages. Nearly 40 settlement registers are said to be lost and the misuse of land records occurred in Padmanabham, Anandapuram and Pendurthi mandals, Anakapalle rural in heart of Vizag city as well. With such a magnitude, we reiterate that CBI should probe into the scam and not a state investigation agency,” he said.
When YSR was chief minister, whenever there was an allegation he ordered for a CBI probe as demanded by the Opposition and came clean on the issue unlike Chandrababu Naidu whose SIT is just eyewash, he said.