The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has conducted searches simultaneously in 25 places including Guntur District and Hyderabad at the premises of former MLA of Gurazala Constituency of Andhra Pradesh.
The searches were also conducted on others including private persons related to an illegal limestone mining case registered in the month of August this year. During searches, several incriminating documents, mobile phones, material objects and cash said to have been recovered.
In pursuance of the Notification issued by the Government of Andhra Pradesh and further Notification issued by DoPT (Govt of India), CBI has taken over 17 cases of illegal limestone mining from CBCID, Andhra Pradesh and registered a case against 17 accused. It was alleged that the accused had fraudulently conducted illegal and unauthorized mining, quarrying and transportation of limestone in Konanki village of Piduguralla Mandal, Kesanupalli and Nadikudi Villages of Dachepalli Mandal, Guntur District for several years and thereby caused revenue loss to the Government and other licensed leaseholders, and also exploited the natural resources.
However, the case is confined to the illegal mining of several lakh of tones of limestone 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.
In order to ascertain the quantum of unauthorized and illegal mining, CBI is also conducting volumetric analysis by using satellite imagery. Further investigation is on.