ANDHRA PRADESH

CPI(M) seeks judicial probe into Satyam land allotment

Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: The district committee of CPI(M) on Saturday asked the government to order a judicial inquiry into the allotment of 50.10 acres of land in Survey No. 314 near Kapulauppada village to the Satyam Computers.

Allotment of this land to Satyam Computers and statements by the government and the district officials that the IT major was not given possession of the land and that the allotment was being cancelled after its audit scam came to light, generated a lot of interest among people.

“Chief Minister and district Minister Konathala Ramakrishna are involved in the allotment of land to Satyam and hence a judicial probe is necessary,” said CPI (M) district secretary Ch. Narasinga Rao at a press conference. District secretariat member B. Ganga Rao was also present.

Quoting from GO No. 1439, Mr. Narasinga Rao said that 25 acres of land allotted earlier each to the Police Department for its Greyhounds training centre and VUDA was taken back and allotted to the Satyam Computers for its SEZ; the value of the land was fixed at a very low price, the allotment was done in haste, the MoU was signed on May 10, 2005 and the Chief Minister had lost no time in laying foundation for a Satyam SEZ on May 11, 2005.

The land cost was fixed at Rs. 10 lakh an acre though the Collector had mentioned that the basic value would be Rs. 60 lakh to Rs. 80 lakh, Mr. Narasinga Rao said.

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