The Andhra Pradesh forest department has alienated reserve forest land for Penna Cements, even as the company is being investigated by the CBI in the assets’ case of Kadapa MP Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy. It has allotted 1.85 hectares of land in Saidulanama reserve forest at Ganeshpahad in Damacherla in Nalgonda district to Penna Cements of the Penna group for the construction of railway facility on the premises.
The Penna group is facing allegations of investing in the firms belonging to Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy as a quid pro quo for getting certain benefits from the YSR government. The CBI is probing the case and is yet to file a further chargesheet. The department has now diverted land, that too in a reserve forest area, for the company in question.