The High Court has issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Department of Revenue, AP Rajeev, Home Corporation, MD, and the auctioneer, MSTS MD, to file counterclaims with full details. Also, the next hearing was adjourned to July 4. The bench comprising Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra and Justice DVS Somayaju passed the order on Tuesday.
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AP Rajiv Swagrha Corporation Limited has issued a notification on May 5 to sell 22,264 square yards of open plots in Sagarika Township, Endada village, Visakhapatnam district, through online auction. Velagapudi Ramakrishna, a TDP MLA from Visakhapatnam East constituency, has filed a petition in the High Court challenging the bid. In this context, counsel for the petitioner, N. Ashwani Kumar, while hearing the arguments, said that it was illegal to auction the land which was supposed to give houses to the middle class people.
He said the then government had set up the Rajiv Swagrha Corporation in 2007 to build houses for the people at reasonable prices. As part of the implementation of the scheme, the government had allotted 54.17 acres in Endada village in 2009. Of this, 22,264 square yards of land was auctioned off online by Swagrha Corporation, which said it would halt the process. After considering these arguments, the High Court bench directed the authorities to abide by the status quo.