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HYDERABAD, NOV.25. B.K. Somasekhara, who is heading the one-man inquiry commission to probe the Yeleru land scam, today said there was scope for submitting an interim report before the scheduled time limit of April 28 next.
Talking to reporters after concluding the two-day preliminary sitting of the commission here, he said that the panel would have to complete its work within three to six months from the date of issue of the notification (October 28) unless its term was extended. However, he expressed confidence of completing the work before April 28. Justice Somasekhara said the regular inquiry would begin in the second or third week of December, either at Visakhapatnam or Hyderabad. "We will work continuously till it is completed, unless it is blocked legally." Asked if the commission would summon former the Chief Minister or former minister, he said "I don't know. Wait and see. Why are you particular about a particular person. Anybody could be called depending upon the circumstances".
He said that many "innocent people" had represented to the commission that they were not aware of the acquisition of their lands. In some cases, the victims might have even become destitutes, he said, adding he was thinking of rendering "human and social justice" to ensure that they received some relief. A team of 11 advocates of the commission would check the claims. The commission would then devise ways and means of providing relief to "victims".
Earlier, the director, Doordarshan Kendra, Hyderabad, D.Prasada Rao, formally launched the commission's website which was developed with the help of National Informatics Centre. Justice Somasekhara said the website was not yet available for downloading though about 25,000 pages of evidence and another 5,000 pages of documents were placed on it. Enactments like Commission of Inquiry Act, Land Acquisition Act, certain notifications and GOs would be available on the website.
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