AMARAVATI: The land scam case in the Amaravati region involving TDP leaders has taken the toll of a senior revenue officer. Kanikella Madhuri, Deputy Collector of Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) Nekkallu region, was arrested from her residence in Vijayawada on Wednesday by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) which is probing the case.
She was later produced before Mangalagiri Junior Additional Civil Judge VVSS Lakshmi who remanded Madhuri for 14-day custody. Following this, the official was shifted to Guntur district prison. Madhuri was accused of conniving with Telugu Desam Party leader Ravela Gopalakrishna to act in his favour. She allegedly allotted 10 land plots of 3,880 square yards to Gopalakrishna besides paying him Rs 5.26 lakhs towards farm land lease amount even though he was not eligible for it.
The SIT team found out that the two connived to create fake documents to cover up this land scam. Following this, a case was registered against Madhuri who was eventually arrested on Wednesday.
The previous TDP regime of Nara Chandrababu Naidu had mobilised private lands on a massive scale as part of its 'land-pooling' in the name of building up capital city Amaravati. Ravela Gopalakrishna, a key follower of Tenali former MLA Sravan Kumar, claimed that he had also handed over 3.11 acres of land located in Nekkallu of Tullur mandal for land-pooling.
In return for this, he was allotted eight residential plots totalling 3,110 square yards and two commercial plots in an extent of 770 square yards through the CRDA. In fact, these two pieces of land fall under the Nagarjuna Sagar canal area. Both Gopalakrishna and Madhuri are accused of creating fake documents while covering up their malpractices and eventually ended up in the SIT net that is investigating the case on a private complaint.
Ravela Gopalakrishna, the TDP leader, was already arrested in this case.