In a major arrest, the Visakhapatnam police nabbed GL Ganeswara Rao, the Inspector of Survey of the district's Rural Tahsildarâ€™s Office in Hyderabad on Monday.
Rao was on the run ever since a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was constituted to probe the Visakhapatnam land scam.
The Times of India reported that Rao was the second accused named in the case filed at Arilova police station on July 2, which alleged tampering with government land records at Madhurawada, Pardesipalem and PM Palem, spread over 356 acres, to the tune of Rs 3,600 crore.
Rao also had a disproportionate assets (DA) case pending against him since 2009, the TOI report added.
After arresting Rao, the police seized 145 pattadar passbooks and records pertaining to 27 persons whose names were incorporated in the registers, Deccan Chronicle reported.
The DC report also quoted Visakhapatnam police chief T. Yoganand saying that 38 persons, under whose names the records were tampered, had been identified.
The scam deals with allegations of encroachments over several acres of land and tampering of records, with more than 100 complaints from across Visakhapatnam district.
It is reported to involve more than 1,000 acres of land in Madhurawada and Kommadi areas of Visakhapatnam, and has kicked up a political storm in the state since it came to light.
On June 11, days after the scam came to light, the state had formed an SIT consisting of Police, Revenue and Law Department officials.
However, opposition parties are not satisfied with the SIT probe and are demanding a CBI probe into the scam.