Visakhapatnam: As the allotments’ modus operandi needed a more in-depth probe by an investigation agency, the vigilance department is said to have recommended a full-fledged probe into the scam by a premier investigation agency like the CID.
The vigilance sleuths have also recorded statements of two IAS officers as part of their probe and it was the involvement of these senior officers in the alleged land allotments which are said to have prompted the ‘vigilance’ to recommend a CID probe.
Though the vigilance department was to submit its report by mid-July last year, it sought more than three extensions and finally submitted the report in October. It is learnt that the vigilance sleuths recorded statements, sought clarifications or questioned more than 100 persons as part of their probe.
“We have done our part by inquiring into the scam without leaving out even a single detail and submitted the report to our Hyderabad office long back. It is up to the Hyderabad office to do the follow-up. Our job is done here,” Additional Superintendent of Police and regional vigilance and enforcement officer, K. Mahendra Patrudu told this correspondent on Wednesday.
Responding to reports in a section of the media that large-scale irregularities took place in various land allotments by Vuda, the then vice-chairman, Kona Sasidhar, submitted a report to state government’s municipal administration department.
In it he stated that prima facie evidence was found over the irregularities to the tune of Rs 542 crores in various layouts developed by the urban development authority in Rushikonda, Madhurawada and many other areas.
Acting on the report, the department of municipal administration and urban development issued GO RT No: 341 on March 21, entrusting the job of probing into the alleged irregularities to the vigilance and enforcement wing and telling them to submit its report within three months.
“We have lodged a complaint with the CID after the instructions of our department heads of Hyderabad regarding the MVP Colony site issue. We are ready to follow Hyderabad officials’ directions in the `542 crore scam. We are awaiting instructions to go ahead from the state municipal administration and urban development department,” Vuda vice-chairman, Dr N. Yuvaraj told this newspaper.