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PNS | Vijayawada

Andhra Pradesh CID officials served a notice under 41A to Nara Lokesh, who is A 14 in the Amaravati Inner Ring road scam case on Saturday. As per the CID notice, Lokesh should attend the hearing on October 4 at 10 a.m.

The notice was issued to Lokesh at MP Galla Jayadev’s residence in New Delhi. The AP High Court has ordered Lokesh to accept the notice and cooperate with the authorities in the investigation.

The CID registered a case on the complaint lodged by Mangalagiri MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy against the land grabbing carried out by the then TDP government under the guise of Amaravati Master Plan and Inner Ring Road Alignment designs.

Meanwhile, then CM Chandrababu Naidu, Minister P Narayana, Chandrababu Naidu’s close associate Lingamaneni Ramesh, Lingamaneni Surya Rajasekhar, Anjini Kumar, director of Ramakrishna Housing Limited and others were named as accused in the case.

Chandrababu Naidu’s son and then minister Nara Lokesh was also included in the scam as accused number 14.The CIS Special Investigation Team (SIT) says that Lokesh, son of former CM Chandrababu Naidu, played a key role in the land grabbing in the name of finalising Amravati IRR alignment during the TDP government.

It is stated in the memo submitted to the court that Lokesh has been included as A 14 in this case. In the name of IRR Alignment, Chandrababu Naidu and Lokesh committed quid pro quo and thereby committed illegalities to increase the value of their family’s Heritage Foods and Lingamaneni’s family lands.

Knowing in advance where the capital would be built, they acquired land in Tadepalli, Thullur, and Mangalagiri mandals in advance and Lingamaneni Ramesh committed quid pro quo and lands were acquired in Amaravati.

On July 1, 2014, a resolution was passed in the board of directors meeting of Heritage Foods to purchase 7.21 acres of land. On July 7, 2014, 4.55 acres of land were registered by Lingamaneni Ramesh family members. After the matter came out, the sale agreement for 4.55 acres was cancelled. Then they pressured the authorities and changed the IRR alignment to go through 355 acres of Lingamaneni and Heritage Foods lands.

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