Tuesday, October 11, 2011

News Article: Andhra Pradesh: Neta, Babu & Baba Nexus- A Deadly Combination?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

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As reported in the Press, one Sri Rama Avadhuta Baba is understood to be facing several charges of land grabbing for construction of his Ashram in Cheruvu village, Gudlur Mandal in Prakasam Dt. The charges include encroachment of the Village Tank land, Assigned land, Forest land and also the land belonging to Railways, as the Ashram is located just adjacent to the Railway tracks.

Illegal Occupation of Village Common Lands 

 It is also reported that the land in Survey No 879 of Cheruvu village had been encroached by the God man and latter got a stay order from AP High Court, seeking exemption from recovery of land, as pucca buildings had been constructed on the land. This seems to go against the spirit of directions of Hon'ble Supreme Court, in its Order dated 28 th January 2011 In Civil Appeal No.1132/2011 @SLP(C) No.3109/2011

 It is understood that the District Administration appears to be helpless to initiate any action against the God man, before whom Top Politicians, so called VVIPs and Top Officials  are reported to be queuing up to fall on his feet and  because of pressures from high offices.


 The AP State Administration should act swiftly and decisively  to get the matter examined and to consider the eviction of illegal / unauthorized occupation of Tank land, Assigned land, Forest land and the Railway land of Cheruvu village used for construction of the Ashram, in accordance with the directions of Hon'ble Supreme Court, in its Order dated 28 th January 2011 In Civil  Appeal No.1132/2011 @SLP(C) No.3109/2011 and initiate penal action against the encroachers.

Equality before Law guaranteed under Fundamental Rights enshrined in The Constitution of India should not be made a mockery, by the deadly combination of Neta, Babu & Baba Nexus !


Controversial godmans ashram sees VIP rush 

Swamy Involved In Several Land Encroachment Cases


Ongole: Raising several eyebrows,top politicians and public representatives queued up to fall at the feet of a controversial baba at Chevuru village of Gudlur mandal in Prakasam district on Saturday.The lineup included BJP national chief Nitin Gadkari,PAC chairman Murli Manohar Joshi,former TTD chairman D K Adikesavulu Naidu,ministers in the state cabinet Kanna Lakshminarayana and K Jana Reddy,former Union minister T Subbarami Reddy,Rajya Sabha member Undavalli Aruna Kumar.The sudden turnout of the VIPs here drew national attention to the godman Sri Rama Avadhuta Baba.

Gadkari and Joshi were among many who touched the feet of the baba at a function held at the ashram.Ironically,many of the leaders who visited the ashram may have not been aware of the controversies that surround the swamy.The godman has been facing charges of land grabbing for the construction of his ashram at Chevuru for long.

The charges include encroachment of the village tank land,assigned land,forest land and also land belonging to the Railways as his ashram is located just adjacent to the railway tracks.

The railway authorities,who tried to take back their land,reportedly retreated after minister of state for railways K M Muniappa became a devotee of the swamy about a year ago.

According to sources,a divisional forest officer was abruptly shifted from Kandukur after he initiated criminal proceedings against the ashram authorities for encroachment of reserve forest land.

District rationalist association president and civil rights activist Narne Venkata Subbaiah had filed a civil case against the district administration for failing to take the revenue land and tank land back from the swamy.Stung by the cases,district collector Kantilal Dande sent a report to the chief commissioner land administration (CCLA) seeking his permission to take the Chevuru ashram back into government fold after finding that certain parts of the ashram were constructed on the encroached government lands.

While local tahsildar confirmed that the land in survey no.879 of Chevur village had been encroached by the swamy,the latter got a stay order from the high court seeking exemption from recovery of the land as they had constructed pucca buildings on it.

Curiously,local legislator and municipal minister Manugunta Maheedhar Reddy have also been fighting against the baba for long but failed to get the government land back.

The district administration,under pressure from high offices,has washed off its hands by simply issuing notices to the swamy to vacate the lands.Rights activist Venkata Subbaiah demanded that swamy should be arrested immediately on the charges of land grabbing.


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