Hyderabad: Enforcement Directorate (ED) has booked a case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against TDP ex-MLA Yarapathineni Srinivasa Rao and others in connections with the illegal mining scam.
ED has booked the case based on Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) FIR on the scam. The agency has begun recording statements of witnesses in the case. CBI conducted searches at 25 locations in Hyderabad and Guntur district against the accused recently.
ED took up the CBI FIR that is originally pertaining to 17 cases of illegal mining of limestone booked against the accused. The CBI FIR was issued on August 26 last year against 17 accused.
The agency alleged in the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) that the accused had fraudulently conducted unauthorized mining, quarrying and transportation of limestone in Guntur district. Illegal mining took place 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 leaseholders, and also exploited natural resources.
ED is looking into the allegations that several lakh tonnes of limestone was mined by the accused during from 2014 to 2018. The CBI case was booked for theft, extortion, criminal trespass, cheating and under sections of Andhra Pradesh Minor Minerals Concession Rules whereas ED booked its case under PMLA.
“We are tracking money routing. The criminal proceeds acquired through illegal mining will be tracked,” said a source in ED.