Assigned lands in Prathipati’s account

  • Purchased land: 196 acres
  • Cost price: Rs.39 crores
  • Present value: Rs.784 crores
  • Binami: G.Suresh, Venigella Rajareddy and others
  • Agriculture minister Prathipati Pullarao showed his tactfulness in grabbing farmers’ lands using binamis. He terrified poor farmers that the Government would snatch lands for free and would not give any package under land acquisition act. Thus he managed to rob 196.4 acres of land with each acre at a price of Rs.10 lakhs to Rs.20 lakhs from the worried farmers. Making good use of the loopholes in law, he bought some lands while taking some others under Power of Attorney.

    Foresight at every step

    Since land acquisition started in the capital area, Prathipati started touring there under the mask of supervising the procedure but with view of purchasing lands. At that time he developed relations with village sarpanchs, TDP leaders and activists. Through them he inquired about the families that had assigned lands and their economic status. He robbed poor SC farmers of their assigned lands at very low price with the names of his close friends, sarpanchs and leaders. Registration and GP were done for assigned lands totaling to 96.4 acres under the name of G.Suresh for survey numbers 293, 294, 295, 296, 379 of Tullur mandal’s Venkatapalem village and survey number 454 of Mandadam village, survey numbers 115 and 94 of Uddandarayunipalem and survey numbers 377 and 386 of Rayapudi village. Another binami Venigella Rajareddy got 100 acres acres of land as GP under his and his wife’s names.

    Who is this Suresh?

    Minister Prathipati has close relationship with Gummadi Suresh, who is the owner of a famous cloth store on Bunder Road of Vijayawada. He collaborated with the minister in cotton business too. But his economic status does not allow him to afford to buy 96.4 acres of land. Moreover he cannot get the bought assigned lands registered. It is rumoured that minister Prathipati Pullarao forced him into offering his name to the scam.

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