AgriGold scam: TS, AP govts told to file counter

By   |  Legal Correspondent  |  Published: 11th Jun 2021  11:28 pm

Hyderabad: A two-judge panel of Telangana High Court comprising Justice MS Ramachander Rao and Justice T Amarnath Goud on Friday continued hearing the batch of writ petitions pertaining to AgriGold scam. Telangana Crime Investigating Department filed a sensational affidavit expressing its suspicion that AgriGold property at Midgil, Mahbubnagar, is bought by benami of AgriGold director Avva Sita Rama Rao.

The successful bidder of said property, according to the State government, is a constable and he bought 150 acres for Rs 15.18 crore. The CID stated according to the details provided by the Income Tax Department, the constable did not have such capacity. It also stated he had relation with Shiva Shakti Timber Estate, which belongs to the AgriGold director.

It may be recalled that the court had suggested AgriGold to change its proposal of developing land with the help of other companies. The panel, however, was unwilling to go that way which would require it to monitor the recoveries for 20 years. AP and Telangana governments were directed to file a counter to the fresh proposal brought in by AgriGold on Friday.

The court observed a majority of the AgriGold properties were in Andhra Pradesh and hinted that the Chief Justice was examining the scope of these properties under the AP Re-organisation Act. S Sriram, Advocate General of AP, sought time to discuss the issue with Telangana and arrive at a solution.

With regard to the single successful bidder of the Shopping Mall belonging to AgriGold in Vijayawada, the AP Advocate General stated that the AP CID required time to probe the same. The judge posted all the matter for further hearing to June 25.

Bail applications dismissed

Justice Laxman of Telangana High Court dismissed bail applications of the accused in the sensational caste killing case of Hemanth. The bail petitions were filed by Ardham Ranjith Reddy, Ardham Rakesh Reddy, Kalia Sandeep Reddy, Yellu Santosh Reddy and Shaikh Saheb Patel in the High Court.

The petitioners are alleged to have played active role in the abduction and killing of the victim. Series of applications were dismissed by the court. The court held that there was no change in circumstances to entertain these bail applications. The court was not convinced with the contention of the petitioners that they had no role in abduction and intention of killing the victim. It found that there were specific allegations against the petitioner. The contentions of the police and victim Avanthi about the imminent threat from the petitioners to Avanthi and Hemanth’s parents was also considered by the court. Accordingly bail was denied to the petitioners.

Verdict reserved

Justice Abhinand Kumar Shivali of Telangana High Court reserved verdict in a batch of writ petitions pertaining to appointments of lineman in Telangana State Northern Power Distribution Company Ltd. SK Jaffar and other candidates filed the writ petition challenging the action of Distribution Company in not providing edit option in the online application for the post of Junior Lineman which were noticed in 2018. Petitioners also contended that deprived of the edit option they were considered as creamy layer and lost benefit of reservation under ‘BC’ category.

Earlier, the petitioners were allowed to take pole climbing test based on the interim order passed by the High Court. Senior advocate G Vidyasagar appearing for the Distribution Company stated the petitioners had not made any representations with regard to errors before the final date of application and having participated in the selection process they cannot turn around and challenge the same. Hearing both the parties at length, the judge reserved the case for orders.

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