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Telangana HC awards jail term to Siddipet Collector, RDO

Topics Covered: Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity.

Telangana HC awards jail term to Siddipet Collector, RDO:


Context:

Telangana High Court has sentenced District Collector P Venkatarami Reddy and Special Deputy Collector (land acquisition) Jayachandra Reddy to three and four months of imprisonment respectively.

  • It faulted the officials for failing to implement its interim order to not dispossess farmers of their land for constructing the Komaravelli Mallanna Sagar reservoir under Kaleshwaram project.

What’s the issue?

The petitioners had complained that they were forcibly dispossessed of their land for constructing Mallanna Sagar reservoir as part of the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project and that the requirements of the Land Acquisition Act were not met despite orders by the court.

Sources: the Hindu.