CBI on Thursday conducted searches at 25 places in connection with an illegal limestone mining case. Among these premises were properties owned by former TDP MLA from Gurazala constituency in Andhra Pradesh, Yarapathaneni Srinivas Rao.
Rao’s homes in Guntur and Hyderabad were searched by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the case. Officers recovered several incriminating documents, mobile phones, material objects and cash during these searches.
According to the FIR, it has been alleged that Yarapathaneni Srinivas Rao fraudulently conducted illegal and unauthorised mining, quarrying and transportation of limestone in Konanki village of Piduguralla Mandal, Kesanupalli and Nadikudi Villages of Dachepalli Mandal, Guntur district for several years.
This led to the loss of revenue to the government and other licensed leaseholders while resulting in the exploitation of natural resources.
“It was further alleged that illegal mining of several lakh of tones of limestone was conducted by the accused during the period from 2014 to 2018, as a result of which, natural resources worth several crores of rupees have been plundered,” the CBI said in a statement on Thursday.
In order to ascertain the quantum of unauthorized and illegal mining, the Central Bureau of Investigation is also conducting volumetric analysis by using satellite imagery.
In the FIR, the CBI has identified 17 persons by name – Nelluri Srinivasa Rao, Vemula Srinivasa Rao, Orsu Venkataeswara Rao, Vemula Yedukondalu, Irla Venkata Rao, Bathula Narasimha Rao, M Anji Babu, T Narayana Sarma, G Ajay Kumar, T Seeta Ramanjaneyulu, R jacob, GVS Koteswara Rao, O Prakash, Varla Ratnam, Nandyala Nagaraju, N Srinivasa Rao and Alapati Nageswara Rao.
The CBI took over 17 cases of illegal limestone mining from the Andhra Pradesh CID and registered a case against 17 accused on August 26, 2020 on the request of the government of Andhra Pradesh.