The State government had approached the High Court seeking CBI investigation into the illegal mining by Telugu Desam Party former legislator Yarapathineni Srinivasa Rao. The court is likely to consider this plea. Even if the court declines, as it had already asked the State why it is not seeking CBI probe on its own, the government might ask the CBI to start the probe. The case is being built so strong against the former legislator that the court or the CBI or even the Centre cannot say no.
It is alleged that the TDP former MLA had indulged in illegal mining in Pidiguralla, Nadikudi, Dachepalli, Kesanupalli and Kondamodu villages in the Palnadu region of Guntur district during the last five years. The former MLA or the State government did not allow the opposition parties to talk about this mining. When an all-party leadership made an attempt to visit the illegal mining, the police stopped them and even arrested several of them, in support of the former legislator.
Now, with the change of guard in the State, and the TDP having a crushing defeat, the new leadership wants a probe into the illegal mining. This would certainly fix the TDP leader and is going to be a big trouble for him and a big blow for the TDP. The government is also understood to have set its eyes on other such leaders. According to the ruling party leaders, there are several such leaders like Chintamaneni Prabhakar, who also indulged in such irregularities in the last five years. The government wants to fix them all and put the TDP in trouble.
The government had already hit the former speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao with the cases of ‘theft’ of the Assembly furniture. A case was booked against him and he is likely to be arrested any time. He is now in the hospital taking treatment for cardiac stroke. There are others on whose heads the Damocles sword hangs. It is to be seen how the ruling YSR Congress takes its battle forward and how the opposition TDP handles it.