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AP withdraws plea in SC against HC order on Amaravati land case

AP withdraws plea in SC against HC order   on Amaravati land case
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New Delhi: The Andhra Pradesh government Thursday withdrew from the Supreme Court its plea challenging the high court order which had stayed the SIT probe into alleged irregularities in the land deals in Amaravati during the previous TDP Regime.

The state government told a bench of Justices Vineet Saran and Dinesh Maheshwari that it will approach the high court.

The state government had told the top court on March 5 that it was agreeable to a court monitored CBI probe into alleged irregularities in land transactions during shifting of the state capital to Amaravati.

It urged the court to lift the stay granted by the high court on the probe by the Special Investigating Team (SIT) into the alleged scam and allow the investigation to go on in the case. The Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy government had constituted the 10-member SIT, headed by a Deputy Inspector General of Police - rank IPS officer, to conduct a comprehensive investigation into various alleged irregularities, particularly the land deals in the Amaravati Capital Region, during the previous Chandrababu Naidu regime.

The top court was hearing an appeal filed by Andhra Pradesh government through advocate Mahfooz Ahsan Nazki against last year's September 15 order of the high court. On November 25 last year, the top court had stayed the high court direction restraining the media from publishing news regarding an FIR lodged on alleged irregularities in land transactions during shifting of the state capital to Amaravati.

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