Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) Chairman M Kodandaram weighed in on the issue of the Miyapur land scam on Sunday in Hyderabad, after it kicked up a political storm in the state.
This came after TRS MP K Keshav Rao found himself embroiled in a controversy on Saturday, when the opposition alleged that he was involved in the multi-crore scam.
"It's an official leak given by the top brass of the government. In fact, several influential persons and governmentâ€™s heads are behind the scam relating to lands worth Rs 10,000 crore. Small officers are being made scapegoats while bigwigs behind it are allowed to go scot-free,â€ť Kodandaram was quoted as saying.
Kodandaram was addressing media persons after a meeting of the TJAC steering committee on Sunday.
â€śInstead of selective leaks, why can't the government reveal names of everyone involved in the land scams? At the rate names are being leaked, it might be easier to make a list of the innocent than that of all the accused. It is clear that so many people in the government are involved in these scams. One thing is now certain. This government is rotting from within and is neck deep in corruption," the Times of India quoted him as saying.
The TJAC chairman also demanded that a judicial probe by a sitting judge, be ordered into the scam.
The land scam was unearthed in the last week of May, and involved the illegal transfer of several hundred acres of government land to private individuals by the Kukatpally sub-registrar.
On Saturday, Opposition leaders alleged that 50 acres of lands were purchased by Keshav Rao's daughter and daughter-in-law at Ibrahimpatnam, allegedly from 'Goldstone' Prasad, who is one of the main suspects in the case.
Additionally, the opposition alleged that around 38 acres out of the 50 acres, were part of the scam and also now claim it to be government land.
The Congress and the BJP demanded a thorough CBI probe into the scam, claiming that the state's CID would not do a fair job.
However, the TRS leader has responded to the allegations and stated that all due legal procedures were followed when he and his family purchased the land.