Cong demands probe into land scam involving Naidu

Published on Apr 13, 2004 09:06 PM IST

The Andhra Congress asked PM Vajpayee to probe the alleged involvement of Chief Minister Naidu into a "land scandal".

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The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Tuesday demanded Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee should probe the alleged involvement of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu into a "land scandal".

In a faxed representation to Vajpayee, the APCC said the Andhra Pradesh government had signed an MoU in 2001 with a Netherland based institute Sylvan International BV, to set up a University here and allotted a plot of 125 acres.

After getting the land, the institute admitted about 50 students in various courses by collecting Rs 2.50 lakh each, it said.

"However, within two months, the institute closed down leaving students in the lurch. The Chief Minister wrote a letter to the Union Ministry of HRD in 2003 requesting it to accord status of deemed University to the closed down institute which was subsequently rejected", the letter said.

The APCC demanded probe into the scam to "unearth the truth as the land was sold for a meagre amount to accommodate Naidu's close business associates, who were in real estate business", the members alleged.

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