Will KCR bring bully Shankar Rao to justice?
The Green Field Colony plot owners, on Saturday, pleaded with Chief Minster K Chandrasekhar Rao to resolve their 20-year struggle by ordering a CBI probe on the case of land grabbing by former minister Dr P Shankar Rao.
The former minister is accused of land grabbing and cheating
Green Field Plot Owners Association pins hopes on KCR and requests him to transfer the case to CBI to put an end to the 20- year turmoil
Timeline of the cases
- A criminal case was filed against Shankar Rao on November 9, 2011 at Neredmet Police Station.
- Shankar Rao got a stay from the High Court in December 2011.
- Neredmet police started investigations after the stay was vacated in October 2012
- The Great Tamasha: Shankar Rao evaded questioning and a probable arrest on January 31, 2013 by citing heart attack. He even paraded in his undies.
- March 2, 2013: CB-CID summoned the former minister for questioning and he evaded again citing ill health
- August 3, 2014: 10th Metropolitan Magistrate, Malkajgiri directs police to book a case
- August 16, 2014: Cases were booked at Neredmet PS
The Green Field Colony plot owners, on Saturday, pleaded with Chief Minster K Chandrasekhar Rao to resolve their 20-year struggle by ordering a CBI probe on the case of land grabbing by former minister Dr P Shankar Rao. “The police are not acting even though courts have directed them; they fear the former minister. If the case won’t be transferred to the CBI, it would be another Gurukul Trust in the making,” said S Chandrasekhar, president, Green Field Plot Owners Association.
The members of the association say that the atrocities of the former minister are unabated in the eight plots that were encroached by his brother and benami P Dayanand. “The revenue department officials of Ranga Reddy district are hand in glove with the minister,” alleges Chandrasekhar. He demands the suspension of the officials.
Going into details, the layouts for the colony (77 acres) were made in 1986 and were sold by Pratap Reddy. These plots were bought by railway, bank and central government employees. A few owners got loans from the bank and a few houses were constructed. It was smooth going for the owners until they received a legal notice from P Dayanand (brother of Dr P Shankar Rao) in 1995 stating that he was the rightful owner of the land. The controversy is on the boil ever since.
Though it was proved in the court that the documents were falsified by Dayanand, one case or the other dragged the issue. The current case includes encroachment of eight plots in the colony main road. When GO 166 was issued, the plot owners applied for regularisation, however, the government authorities were not keen as they were under pressure from the then minister for textiles P Shankar Rao, thus resulting in a loss of Rs 750 crore to the exchequer and hasn’t still been done.
Plot owners allege that the former minister employed goons who resorted to threats and even man-handling. Many a time, they have razed the foundations and even stole construction materials. And as a direct consequence, only 250 houses came up out of 875 plots.
On August 3, 2014, the 10th Metropolitan Magistrate Court, Malkajgiri directed the Neredmet police to book a case against the former minister and on August 16, a case was booked under IPC sections 120-B, 197 (Knowingly Issuing A False Certificate), 420 (Cheating), 468 (Forgery For Cheating), 471, 506 and 353 at the police station.
“My father, late Venkaiah, brought a 325 sq yards plot with his retirement benefits back in 1986. It has now been encroached by Dayanand. The current value of the plot stands at Rs 1.2 crore. I request CM KCR to save us from the atrocities of Shankar Rao by transferring the case to the CBI,” said A Srikanth, a graphic designer.