ITDC INDIA EPRESS/ ITDC NEWS The Central Bureau of Investigation, on Thursday, conducted raids in 25 places, including in Guntur district and Hyderabad, at the premises of Srinivas Rao, former MLA of Gurazala constituency in Andhra Pradesh, and other persons, in connection with its ongoing investigation into 17 cases of illegal mining of limestone.
During the searches, several incriminating documents, mobile phones, material objects and cash have been recovered, said a CBI spokesperson.
Following a notification issued by the Andhra Pradesh government and later by the DoPT (department of personnel and training), the CBI took over 17 cases of illegal limestone mining from the CID in Andhra Pradesh and registered a case on August 26 against 17 accused.
It was alleged that the accused had fraudulently conducted illegal and unauthorised mining, quarrying and transportation of limestone in Konanki village of Piduguralla Mandal, Kesanupalli and Nadikudi villages of Dachepalli Mandal in Guntur district for several years and caused loss of revenue to the government and other licensed lease holders, besides exploiting 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 crore of rupees have been plundered.
The CBI is probing attempt, abetment and conspiracy in connection with the offences committed during this period.
In order to ascertain the quantum of unauthorised and illegal mining, the CBI is also conducting volumetric analysis by using satellite imagery, said a CBI spokesperson.
Further Investigation is underway.