HYDERABAD: Senior IAS officer BP Acharya on Monday told the ACB court that the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority had issued orders for denotification of land located at Ameerpet only after taking the suggestion of legal experts. Then commissioner of HMDA, Acharya along with principal secretary, Industries and Commerce, T Sanyasi Rao, appeared before the ACB court, while another HMDA senior officer Narayana Reddy, who was also part of the denotification process, did not appear.
A few days ago, the court issued summons to them to appear as witnesses in the case pertaining to denotification of 9.14 acres of prime land at Ameerpet in the city.
Former chief minister and Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah's controversial decision to denotify the land came under the scanner.
Besides Acharya, Sanyasi Rao and Narayana Reddy were summoned by the court.
Sanyasi Rao was a witness as he was the then principal secretary (MA&UD) department, who issued GO 288 denotifying the HMDA land.
Acharya, presently posted as principal secretary (Home), told the court that they implemented the High Court directions in denotifying the land for the purpose of new projects under the names Maitrivanam and Maitri Vihar.
Acharya, during his tenure as HMDA commissioner, had written to the MA&UD department not to denotify the 9.14 acre land located in survey numbers 26, 30, 41, 44 at Ameerpet, which was acquired by HMDA several decades ago.