Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday ordered a probe into the allegations of a poultry farm owned by Health Minister Eatala Rajender encroaching assigned lands in Achampet village in the Chief Minister’s native Medak district.
The Chief Minister directed Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to obtain a comprehensive report from the District Collector and also asked the Vigilance and Enforcement department to find out the truth in the allegations (made against the minister’s company). The Chief Minister’s decision comes in the wake of a vernacular TV channel, owned by his own family, airing reports claiming to have exposed the encroachment of assigned lands by the health minister.
The petitioners alleged that the Minister and his associates had taken the land documents after subjecting the petitioners to fear stating that the government was to take over the assigned lands. “They had forcibly collected the land assignment certificates from us”. The petitioners alleged that nearly 100 acres of assigned lands were grabbed by the Minister who started a poultry industry “without any permissions”. Some farmers who objected to and prevented the land grab were being made to suffer with the access to their lands being cut off by the minister and his followers, the petitioners alleged.
Mr. Eatala said he was known for his struggle against exploitation of weaker sections and was prepared to face any inquiry even if it was by a sitting judge.