Thousand ways for noteless and white ways to take bribes

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Thousand ways for noteless and white ways to take bribes

Post by kmoksha » Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:59 pm

Swami Ramdev ji is pressuring government to recall large notes to stop corruption. Although I support recalling of large notes until someone gives a good reason not to(since I think it will reduce fake currency and terrorism), I do not think it will reduce corruption.
Because there are many ways of doing corruption without large notes or even without any money involved. Request everyone to Please tell in detail how these ways happen or can happen.

I will later add these here.

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Re: Thousand ways for noteless and white ways to take bribes

Post by kmoksha » Sun May 01, 2011 9:56 am

1) By Rajesh Kumar-

"Yesterday one of my friends told me how corruption is taking place by land mafia in industrialized states in India or where Industrialization is rapid. The modus operandi is like this. The Government acquires lands to Industrial purposes. The Land dealer (big Businessmen or their agents) first pays the bribe to Land Acquisition Officer @ Rs 1.00 Lac per survey number just to tell which survey number is going to be acquired by the Government. Once the survey number is known to these businessmen or their agent they will approach to the poor farmer to sell their agricultural land. They will give Rs 15 to Rs 20 Lac per acre to the farmers and will register the property for little value to avoid stamp duty. Once the property is transferred to their name they will form the cartel and bargain with the government and sell it to government in crores. What do you call this type of exploitations? ?"

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Re: Thousand ways for noteless and white ways to take bribes

Post by Ashish » Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:02 am

2)"I can use banned 500/1000 bundles to make land and other big transactions. It is easy to count bundles and if I have conections, I can avoid raids. A full parallel economy of large notes can come up with people exchanging large notes for small ones and small notes for large notes."

So, these notes will not come in the economy unlike some people claim. Those who have stock of these 500/1000 notes will be able to still use them even after banning.

3)Ashish said "MNCs can also donate bribe in NGOs & Trusts run by corrupt ministers & judges or their relatives. In such case, MNCs will get tax benifit as well for paying bribe."

4)Nimesh said "keeping foregin exchange is crime even today "yes, but no one enforces it since the corrupt people are bribed. So, in every city there are private foreign currency exchangers.Nimesh said"to use gold as bribe they have to buy it... . & hav to pay currency if only /100/50/10 notes r legal than it cant be hide" To use gold as bribe , have to smuggle gold which is possible with bribing of customs. For bribing of customs uptil few lakhs, 50s and 100s will do. For bribing uptil 50 lakhs, foreign currency can be used. For bribing uptil few crores, gold can be used. For larger amounts, foreign bank transactions, fake transactions of commodities used. Also, in other thread mentioned about 2G scam and other scams, where bribe was in 100s and 1000s of crores. This much bribe cannot be made via large notes. So, obviously other means are employed even today. Please see this link- ... NTF4RQEFK1

5)Nimesh said"After a certain period the old unclaimed currency will be out of circulation thus reducing its value to a piece of paper. "What if even after the expired period, the currency notes are STILL taken and corruption continues underground with it? Who will enforce that does not happen?

6)Nimesh said "but in such case marks left ,it can prove by document. but exchange of currency dont left any trace able evidence .we hav to caught when money in on their hand other wise u cant prove any thing"All Corruption has its marks but... the officials and the judiciary are bribed to remove/hide the marks. So, that is the primary concern. how to stop those bribes.

7)Some alternative ways of bribing, other than large notes are- dollars, gold, silver, land, foreign bank transactions, fake transactions of commodities.

8)Nimesh said "IMO its bring out 20lks crs in real economy ,so in turn rupee will b stronger if mms stop printing notes, there other scams going on in printing currency notes watch Vishwabandhu das gupta on utube" Those already who have black... money can buy land and shares, gold etc due to which the price of these increasing, the amount of money circulation increases, price increases, and the corrupt will not suffer much. The common man will due to price increase(Please see chapter 23 of for full explanation how this happens)

9)`Narendra Modi is involved in cases. He is approached by Tata to give cheap land in exchange for relaxation of cases. The Tatas are given cheap land and the judges are told to relax the cases. The judges receive favours for that like promotion of their relatives , their own promotion etc.The judges in turn also help to suppress other people who could leak this info like RTI commissioner etc. The Tatas approach Congress also to dilute their campaign against Modi. For which they receive some grants for one of their associated NGOs. `Here no where large notes transactions invvolved.

10)Consider Supreme Court judges. They never touch a paise, forget Rs 1000 note. An SCj will subtley tell you name of a lawyer who would be his close friend or some distant r...elative. And he will communicate amount to you. You pay CHEQUE of that amount to that SCj's friend or relative lawyer and next day you get the judgment. Thios is how over 90% of corruption has been going on in India since 1990. How will reducing Rs 1000 notes have any impact?

11) Another way is take it as a consulting fee in the name of relative. eg many Industrial Houses hire Bank Directors' relatives as lawyers or consultants. When bank directors deliver loans, the relative gets a fat consulting fee. Why Director? Chidambaran's wife has been a lawyer for many firms. In such cases, how do you prove that decision maker took a bribe to begin with?

12)How DIG-SCj nexus works. All SCjs have relative lawyers who need favor from police to weaken the case. So DIG will sell out, help a lawyer of SCj and SCj will do favor to DIG. Also, many relatives of SCjs are builders, industrialists etc who may be implicated in real or fake criminal cases, and DIG can help them out.

13)Asthana, 46, worked as the central nazir (chief treasurer) during 2001-2008 — the period when large sums of money were withdrawn fraudulently from the PF accounts of the court’s Class III and IV employees. Detailing the modus operandi, Asth...ana, who began working at the Ghaziabad district courts in February 1993, said the money was withdrawn from the PF accounts of the court employees years before maturity, with the consent of the judges, all of whom had served as district judges in Ghaziabad and were authorised to sign the vouchers. Asthana also reportedly confessed that a large number of Class III and Class IV employees existed only on paper and bogus PF payments were made to them, with the knowledge of the judges. His statement listed the names of district judges who allegedly sanctioned withdrawal of money from the treasury as well as judges who had received consumer goods from him

14) Illegal bangladeshi migrants are allowed to stay in a slum, police inspector takes weekly hafta from them, and give it in turn to the comissioner, The commissioner will then give this to some NRI who deposits dollars in his foreign bank acc...ount.The NRI will use it as black money for buying land and thus avoiding tax. The commissioners give monthly cuts to the CM by transferring the money from his foreign bank account to CMs foreign bank account. No large notes are needed in this chain of bribery.

15)Nimesh said "keeping foregin exchange is crime even today "yes, but no one enforces it since the corrupt people are bribed. So, in every city there are private foreign currency exchangers.Nimesh said"to use gold as bribe they have to buy it... . & hav to pay currency if only /100/50/10 notes r legal than it cant be hide" To use gold as bribe , have to smuggle gold which is possible with bribing of customs. For bribing of customs uptil few lakhs, 50s and 100s will do. For bribing uptil 50 lakhs, foreign currency can be used. For bribing uptil few crores, gold can be used. For larger amounts, foreign bank transactions, fake transactions of commodities used. Also, in other thread mentioned about 2G scam and other scams, where bribe was in 100s and 1000s of crores. This much bribe cannot be made via large notes. So, obviously other means are employed even today. Please see this link-​/world/isle- ... NTF4RQEFK1

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Post by kmoksha » Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:27 am

16)We saw a Minister, Dileep Singh Judeo, taking bribe of Rs 900k and then yelling "paisa khudaa to nahi lekin khuda ki kasam khuda se kam bhi nahi". The person whon did sting operation showed the tape on TV. ABV asked CBI to imprison the pers...on who did the sting operation and Judeo is still a free bird. Which is why most of us are now SICK SICK of more information and eye-opening viewpoints. We are now only interested in LAW_DRAFTS which can reduce corruption and knowing about methods of how we can FORCE PM to sign those law-drafts. So pls help us by posting law-drafts by which corruption can reduce.
17)How DIG-SCj nexus works. All SCjs have relative lawyers who need favor from police to weaken the case. So DIG will sell out, help a lawyer of SCj and SCj will do favor to DIG. Also, many relatives of SCjs are builders, industrialists etc who may be implicated in real or fake criminal cases, and DIG can help them out.
18) Sunita said"A simple example of corruption in Judiciary.... I knew a person who had committed murder and his case was going on for more than 10 years. This prohibited him from going abroad and joining his family since he was not being granted NOC from ...Police. Finally, as suggested by a lawyer the Judge was bribed Rs 5 lakhs and the case judgement was pronounced in his favour. So by bribing the judge of Rs 5 lakhs his murder case came in his favour within 10 days which was earlier continuing for ten years. He thereafter got police NOC and he flew abroad to join his family.

19)CHARA GHOTALA- ... scam.shtml

BBC, 2001-12-14. Accessed 2008-10-29. "... सीबीआई के अनुसार, राज्य के ख़ज़ाने से पैसा कुछ इस तरह निकाला गया- पशुपालन विभाग के अधिकारियों ने चारे, पशुओं ...की दवा आदि की सप्लाई के मद में करोड़ों रूपए के फ़र्जी बिल कोषागारों से वर्षों तक नियमित रूप से भुनाए. (According to the CBI, animal husbandry officials pilfered crores of rupees from the state treasury by filing bogus expense reports for fodder, medicines and other animal supplies) ... सीबीआई का कहना रहा है कि ये सामान्य आर्थिक भ्रष्टाचार का नहीं बल्कि व्यापक षड्यंत्र का मामला है जिसमें राज्य के कर्मचारी, नेता और व्यापारी वर्ग समान रूप से भागीदार है. मामला सिर्फ़ राष्ट्रीय जनता दल तक सीमित नहीं रहा. इस सिलसिले में बिहार के एक और पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री डॉक्टर जगन्नाथ मिश्र को गिरफ़्तार किया गया. राज्य के कई और मंत्री भी गिरफ़्तार किए गए. ... (This is not a normal case of economic corruption, says the CBI, but rather a pervasive conspiracy to steal in which state bureaucrats, elected leaders and businesspeople were equal accomplices. Culpability is not limited to the Rashtriya Janata Dal party. A prior chief minister of Bihar, Dr. Jagannath Mishra, has also been arrested as have other state minsters.) ..."

20)Some people say that due to recall of large notes, the fake currency will reduce and black money will reduce and this will give boost to the economy. Maybe, partly true but this will not boost the economy only 1-2 % while the economy in abscence of suitable procedures to reduce corruption will suffer much more.So, on the whole there will be loss to the economy.

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Post by kmoksha » Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:29 am

21)Judges and officials, neta, etc often ask for sexual favours in return for doing work of others. Now, how will recall of large notes stop this?

22)Pramod converted WLL licence of Reliance Infocom into full mobile licence without calling for a new auction. The charge he charged was sub-peanuts. Later, the Reliance Infocom's audit report showed that Pramod's relative got Rs 80cr worth of shares for peanuts during the same time frame as when Reliance's licence conversion happened.

23)ABV(Atal Bihari Vajpayee) in his 13 day govt approved Enron deal.And got money transferred to his foreign bank account from Enron overseas account.

24)why Pramod gave Old Delhi MP seat to a beautiful actress named Smriti Irani bypassing many senior leaders of BJP, who had been with BJP (Jand Sangh) since 1950s and even went to prison during emergency? Hint : ask any "man".

25)Manmohan Singh's daughters are US citizens. That should explain his US leaning. US MNCs can ask MMS for favourable laws in return for favours to his daughters. Example -ISRO scam etc.

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Post by kmoksha » Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:40 am

26) Sunita said-
Widely known as the main fundraiser for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Pramod Mahajan was known as the Ambani man. Hence, the Vajpayee government was completely in the Ambanis’ hands and it was alleged that the economic policies of the Vajpayee government were being conducted by the Ambani family. As far as Mahajan goes, it is clear that, insofar as the magnitude of the scam was concerned, the three benami companies that received the largesse from Reliance Infocomm have pocketed at least Rs 700 crore in this dubious manner. .
Further, it is reported that the three benami companies were given an equal number of Reliance Infocomm shares. In that case, it means that the company promoted by Messrs Poonam Mahajan and Rahul Mahajan was handed over a largesse of no less than Rs 233 crore 33 lakh 33 thousand 33 rupees and 33 paise. These shares were alloted to the Mahajans at Rs one per share and the share were sold to others at Rs 700 per share.

27)It is not necessary to register Power of Attourney. So, to give a bribe of land, I can make a power of Attourney and not register it and give away land, etc. to someone as bribe.

28)Many judges, like judge Sumit Mukherjee of Delhi HCj, used to give judgment favorable to a land mafia as that mafia was providing him steady supply of attractive women. judge Mukherjee also had affair with many attractive female lawyers and used to give the, favorable judgments.

29) ... 07%3A00+PM

//////////////////////////​ //////Retired justice Sabharwal's sons, both partners in firms which build malls in the capital, benefitted from his orders on sealing.
They claimed the sealing resulted in shop owners having to shift into malls, where rentals shot up.

30) Ashish said-
No-one keeps their black money in lockers, they invest them in gold & real estate.
Still anything left, then they make NGO (Non-profit organization) or Trust and then donate their black money from unknown sources and keep them in white. All corrupt politicians & judges have many trusts in their own name or their family/friends' name.

So, finally, large note are only used for circulation not for stocking.

Some industrialist/neta can even donate to international organisations like international foundations like Greenpeace etc. and get part of that money transferred to tax havens like Swiss banks. Amar Singh donated to Clinton foundation millions of dollars-​3/20081218/8 ... t​ion.html

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Post by kmoksha » Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:35 am

31) consider the people who make over Rs 1 cr a year by power in cash or kind. Most of these people earn over 95% of their bribes via 100% white routes. so even if all cash disappears and card come for all transactions, much of large corruption will stay --- only small corruption will go. And nation is dying due to large corruption of Ministers, IAS, IPS, judges, not because of small corruption of Patwari, Tahsildaar etc.

32)Transfer of the bribes via money laundering/hawala to to tax havens. See-

33)Amar Singh used to do money laundering and corporate fraud- LUCKNOW: In a setback for expelled Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh , the Allahabad High Court on Friday directed the Enforcement Directorate to investigate cases related to corporate fraud and money laundering during 2003-07.

The cases pertain to allegations of a Rs 500-crore scam in which Singh as the then Chairman of the UP Development Council allegedly received kickbacks from various Government contracts into his shell companies. Those companies were later merged into other firms to muddle the money trail.

Justices Imtiyaz Murtaza and SS Tiwari while dismissing the petition filed by Singh challenging the FIR lodged in the case said that money laundering poses a serious threat to the integrity of the financial system of the country. It said that the case has "national ramifications" which needs a thorough probe, directing ED to commence investigation within two weeks and submit a status report before the court within a month of the probe's commencement.

A lawyer Shiva Kant Tripathi had lodged an FIR in Kanpur on October 15, 2009, which accused Singh of converting black money into white through shell companies floated by him and also trying to illegally inflate the earnings of companies owned by him so that they could be shown as legitimate income.

Tripathi had accused Singh of forming an endless chain of companies with complex holding structures which were later merged with each other to avoid detection of money trail, said senior advocate Gopal Chaturvedi who appeared on behalf of Tripathi.

The FIR said that Singh during the 2003-07 when he was chairman of UP Development Council awarded contracts to companies owned or controlled by him. He also received kickbacks in companies operated by him.

These companies, totaling 41, were later merged with shell companies like Pankaja Arts and Credit Private Limited in which Amar Singh's wife, Pankaja Singh, and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan were shareholders.

Some companies were also merged in Sarvottam Caps Ltd by the order of the Calcutta High Court.The two companies gained more than 400 crore through this process, said the advocate.

Senior counsel Ram Jethmalani, who flew down to Allahabad to defend Singh, said the merger of companies could not be questioned as it was duly approved by the Kolkata High Court. He also claimed that the FIR was politically motivated but could not convince the court.

This order is another legal setback for Singh as recently Supreme Court lifted the gag order on the contents of the tapes of his conversation with several industrialists, politicians, bureaucrats and Bollywood heroines.

http://articles.economictimes.indiatime ... amar-singh

34)Please see how government has made full `legal` plans how to bring back the black money at discounted tax rate- 15%. Please see this link- ... epage=true

35)If judges disclose their wealths and annual incomes, and sources of incomes, their reputation will hit another low. Why? Many judges are "farmers" on side, and show lakhs of incomes as farm income. This income is nothing but bribe money made white without any tax, as farm income is tax free.

In addition, many judges have businesses on side. And many judges get land by inheritance etc. eg I know one judge who got land worth crores as inheritance from his neighbor.

The way it works is :

1)say judge has Rs 10cr of black money
2)He will get Rs 10cr to heirs of that dying persons
3)He will get them signed that Mr. so and so did sign this will saying that that plot of land should be given to that judge.

When these details are given to commons, commons' beliefs that judges are as corrupt as IPS will only get strengthened, and judge-worshippers will lose their shrills.

(Aside : on inhertiance : Many corrupt neta-babu-judges-policemen​ use inheritance from strangers as converting black into white. Which why, in Spain, inhertance tax is 75% when property is coming from unrelated person. India's intellectuals are hostile to such law, and as their masters in neta-babu-judges-IPS wont like this law. So Indian intellectuals instead of discussing such laws insist on discussing Hindutva/secularism issues ONLY, so that all time gets wasted in those issues and corruption etc goes on.)

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Post by kmoksha » Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:06 am

36)ADARSH HOUSING SOCIETY SCAM- Adarsh Housing Society Scam (2010)
In 2010, Indian media brought to public the violations of rules at various phases of construction in the Adarsh Society - an apartment complex reserved for the war widows and ve...terans of the Kargil War.
Questions were raised on the manner in which apartments in the building were allocated to bureaucrats, politicians and army personnel who had nothing to do with Kargil War and the way in which clearances were obtained for the construction of the building of the Adarsh Society.
The exposure of the infamous nexus between politicians, bureaucrats and builders in this scam is said to be only the tip of the iceberg. It had led to resignation of the then Chief Minister, Ashok Chavan.
Several inquiries have been ordered by the army and the Government to probe into the irregularities.
Environment minister Jairam Ramesh formally set the ball rolling for the demolition of the entire 31-story scam-tainted Adarsh building in Coloba's eco-sensitive zone on Friday November 12, 2010. Ramesh sent a show cause notice to the Adarsh housing society, saying that "all options under the law are open except regularisation of the structure"
"2G spectrum applicants got 45 minutes to fulfill all requirements:

"Do you call it reasonable that within 45 minutes, bank guarantees and other documents were to be produced? Is this a reasonable way of functioning," the Bench said. "...The government has to function predictably. If it is not predictable, then it is not reasonable," it added. "You give them 45 minutes. How do you think they will comply with all the requirements. How does a applicant know about a press release?" it asked."

Corrupt A Raja, gave 45 minute notices.

1. MMS/Sonia may not have come to instantly but must have come to know about this next day of next to next day. Why didnt MMS/Sonia ask Chief Secretary or Telecom Dept to issue a letter to cancel licenses?

2. (corrupt) SCjs may not have come to instantly but must have come to know about this next day of next to next day. Things like this do not remain secret from SCjs. Why didnt SCjs order Telecom Dept to issue a letter to cancel licenses?

3. (corrupt?) Arun Shourie, Arun Jetley, LKA, NaMo etc may not have come to instantly but must have come to know about this next day of next week. Can a Shourie lover explain why dint Shourie filed PIL in SC to order Telecom Dept to issue a letter to cancel licenses?. At the drop of hat, he runs to court to file PILs.

IOW, everyone came to know about murky deal next day or next week, and they all kept quiet till horses ran away from stable, and money changed hands and all trails were removed. Finally, someone (Anil or Chinese?) paid bribes to Outlook, IE etc to run stories.

So while we should thank those (including Shourie) to tell us details of how we commons are getting robbed, lets not forget that they too are all part of the robber gangs. The probable grudge they now have is that they are not getting fair share of loot or not getting enough fame or their ambition to become PM is not getting served. While we print their correct stories, we must not stop raising hell on their murky deals and their paid silences.

38)Minister helps in making deals and asks the industrialist whom he favours to give cash to media to praise him. This helps him to maintain good image which will help him to get promoted to a better ministry or even to being prime minister. No notes taken or given in this at all.

39)You and me say donate to a temple/Gurudwara etc. The corrupt people of the temple committee connive with the MLA/MP/IAS to give a contract related to the temple to a favourable party who in turn gives bribes in kind like promotions recommen...dations by the MLA/MP .The favoured party is a international NGO which has links with terrorists who use part of the money for terrorism or conversion or training activities.This way , in present system, your donation to religious institution is funding terrorist activities. Thus, until the system is changed and pro-common laws are bought, terrorism and corruption will not reduce.


http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes ... st-warrant

Former Navy chief faces arrest for contempt

Manoj Mitta

19 Sep, 2006

NEW DELHI: The man who once ruled the waves for the Indian navy has upset a judicial officer way up in the Himalayas. Former Navy chief R H Tahiliani now faces a contempt proceedings before a magistrate in J&K. (*1)

His crime: A nationwide survey conducted by the Indian arm of Transparency International, headed by Tahiliani, revealed judiciary was perceived as the most corrupt public service after police.

Taking umbrage, the magistrate in the little-known town of Kangan initiated contempt proceedings and directed the Delhi police to arrest Tahiliani and produce him in the court on September 27.

The saving grace is that the warrant issued on August 24 gives Tahiliani the option of seeking bail from police and attending court in Kangan on his own on the stipulated date.

In a pre-emptive move, Tahiliani filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court on Monday challenging the validity of not just the arrest warrant but also the contempt case.

The first ground of the challenge is technical: that the magistrate had no jurisdiction because under the law it is only high courts and the SC that are empowered to do so.

It will be more interesting to see how the Supreme Court reacts to Tahiliani's justification for not exempting the judiciary — traditionally regarded as a holy cow — from the survey conducted last year by his organisation to come up with a corruption perception index (CPI).

Contending that the survey was done in a "spirit of reform" to improve governance in 11 public services, Tahiliani said that the unflattering references to the judiciary cannot be classified as contempt or defamatory as it was "really an expression of public opinion" on the functioning of courts.

According to the CPI survey across the country, 79% of the people interacting with the judiciary felt that corruption was prevalent in courts. (*2)

In his petition, Tahiliani pointed out the irony that the report that raised the hackles of the Kashmir magistrate had been released last November by no less an authority than President A P J Abdul Kalam.

Transparency International has been conducting the CPI survey annually in over 100 countries over the last 10 years.

Whatever the outcome in the apex court, this is probably the first instance of a service chief, serving or retired, facing an arrest warrant, that too on a contempt charge. [/Quote]

*1 --- The judiciary has sunk really really low. The person is in Delhi, whyTF cant he be tried in a court in Delhi, given that act was committed in Delhi and NOT in JK. This tactic of filing case in remote corner far far from accused town is a harassment tactic that Nbjprie and criminals have been using harass us commons for ages. But judges stooping so low and filing case in JK shows that judges in India know no lower bound.

*2 ---- The other 21% were scared of contempt law


The judges are MORE corrupt the policemen. Its just that policemen's corruption is more visible. eg how can traffic policemen hide their bribery? Whereas in case of judges, they take bribe strictly via lawyers and their relatives who are mostly lawyers. So commons can see judges taking bribe in public. Also, since number of judges are small, most judges make millions even if they confine themselves to large cases. So many judges take bribes ONLY in large cases and the small cases will eighter get ignored, or get judged by law/biases.


The solution to this mess is TRIVIAL. The commons need to enact a law by which commons can expel/replace/imprison a corrupt judge, and judgements are given by JURORS and not judges. Till then, corruption in courts is here to stay.

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Post by kmoksha » Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:20 am

How they bribed CM/babus to get land for fokut? Why is Infosys so much land?

George Iype | July 25, 2006

Ten thousand employees work in the twin buildings for Bell South in America. More than 5,000 work in a single office complex for AT&T. Then why does Infosys need thousands of acres of land? If Wipro and IBM can work out of rented offices in Bangalore, why can't Infosys?' writes an angry blogger about Infosys.

It is not just bloggers, many people in Bangalore say they fail to understand why the software giant is acquiring land not just in Bangalore, but all over India.

Infosys is today said to be the largest owner of land among IT companies in India, and not everyone is happy about this. Last year, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda took on Infosys, levelling charges of 'land grabbing', accusing the company of doing little for Bangalore's growth as an IT hub.

So why does Infosys need so much land?

Officially, Infosys says the company believes in building its own facilities to enhance productivity and maintain a young, collegial culture for the organisation.

Infosys' global headquarters and campus at the Electronics City, Bangalore, is the world's single largest software development facility among IT services companies. The company has large campuses and facilities at various development centres in India.

These centres are equipped with the latest technology and solutions for enterprise networking, office productivity, collaborative software engineering, and distributed project management. They also include facilities for ongoing education, fitness, sports, and multi-cuisine cafeterias.

How many acres of land does Infosys own?

The company declined to reveal the figure, saying it is "in the silent period before the quarter results."

But rough estimates -- provided by sources at Bangalore-based builder Sobha Developers, the real development firm that is in charge of executing Infosys campuses -- indicates that the company owns hundreds of acres of land across India, where it has built, and is continuing to build, huge campuses.

"Is Infosys a real estate company or an IT firm? I fail to understand why they are greedy for land," says agitated social activist K Krishna Raghav, who supported an agitation by farmers who protested against the Karnataka government's decision to give land to Infosys reportedly at a throwaway price in Bellandur, a village on the outskirts of Bangalore.

"Why does Infosys need lots of land? Why do they need a golf course at their campus when people do not have living space in Bangalore?" asks Raghav.

Two years ago, Infosys came under attack from villagers in Bellandur who alleged that the IT major was buying wetland at rates much lower than prevailing market rates.

According to the villagers, the price of land in the Bellandur area ranged from Rs 40 lakh (Rs 4 million) to Rs 1.5 crore (Rs 15 million) in 2003. But the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board agreed to sell 100 acres to Infosys at a uniform rate of Rs 9 lakh (Rs 900,000) per acre. However, it was not executed because of the controversy.

Currently, Infosys owns only 80 acres of land in Bangalore where it employs nearly 25,000 people.

But the company has applied for 845 acres of land on the outskirts of Bangalore and requested KIADB to acquire the land after securing zoning requirements from the government and complying with the law. The land is being acquired on a consent basis and after paying the market price to the landowners.

The land in Bangalore has been sought as two different plots. On one plot of land, a software development center will be set up, which will generate employment for 25,000 people.

The second plot of land is being sought, a short distance away, to provide residential facilities for our employees and to set up essential amenities like a school and a hospital. This will provide Infoscions with a better quality of life and avoid long commutes.

Both the plots will be fully utilised for the purpose of the company as per the government requirements, with a proposed investment of Rs 1,500 crore (Rs 15 billion), in the first phase.

"Does Infosys need to provide more than 1,500 square feet of office space per employee?" asks Reghu Kumar, a Janata Dal-Secular politician in Bellandur. "They have built a golf course on their campus while people do not have any place to sleep in the city," said Kumar, whose party, the JD-S, rules Karnataka in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The second largest Infosys campus, after Bangalore, will be in Hyderabad. The company is building a huge campus in the city spread over 550 acres of land. Infosys already has a campus over 50 acres in Hyderabad. Early this year, the Andhra Pradesh government sold 550 acres of land to Infosys at Rs 12 lakh (Rs 1.2 million) per acre: a low price in booming Hyderabad.

Infosys officials say the company is acquiring so much land because it is strapped for space. The company these days is building an additional space of 31,76,400 square feet at various development centres across India.

So where, in India, is Infosys building space?

Bangalore: The Electronic City is the company's global headquarters. It is the world's single largest software development facility among IT services companies.

Two software development blocks of 426,000 sq ft with 4,130 seats and a Multimedia Centre of 26,000 sq ft with 110 seats have already been completed at the Bangalore centre.

In addition, a software development block of 196,000 sq ft with 2,500 seats, a food court of 61,000 sq ft, an employee care centre of 264,000 sq ft and a multi-level car park of 310,000 sq ft are under construction. The existing capacity at the Infosys Bangalore campus comprises 20,84,836 sq ft with 14,465 seats.

Pune: Last year, two software development blocks of 250,000 sq ft, with 2,400 seats, were completed in Pune. A food court of 50,000 sq ft and two software development blocks of 374,000 sq ft with 3,000 seats, are under construction.

Together, the Infosys campuses in Pune have a built-up area of 848,647 sq ft. with 5,931 seats.

Bhubaneswar: A software development block of 95,000 sq ft, with 800 seats, and an employee care centre of 100,000 sq ft, have already been completed. Currently, a software development block of 139,000 sq ft, with 1,300 seats, is under construction.

The campus has a built-up area of 384,000 sq ft with 2,000 seats.

Chennai: An employee care centre of 75,000 sq ft has been completed. Currently, the campus has a built-up area of 496,317 sq ft with 2,976 seats. For the second campus in Chennai, work is under construction for two software development blocks of 250,000 sq ft, with 2,400 seats and a food court of 50,000 sq ft.

Hyderabad: A software development block of 154,000 sq ft of 1,100 seats has been completed. Civil works are in progress for the Enterprise Solutions University, including employee care facilities, of 300,000 sq ft. Currently, the campus has a built-up area of 616,000 sq ft with 3,965 seats.

Mysore: The 441,000 sq ft Global Education Centre, capable of training 4,500 professionals at a time, an employee care centre of 110,000 sq ft, 2,350 residential rooms of 110,000 sq ft and a food court of 36,000 sq ft, have been completed.

Two software development blocks of 420,000 sq ft, with 4,200 seats, 258 residential rooms of 141,900 sq ft, a food court of 39,000 sq ft and a multiplex building of 56,000 sq ft are under completion. Currently, the campus has a built-up area of 2,206,630 sq ft with 1,734 seats and can train and house 4,500 employees.

Mangalore: Infosys is buying 25 acres of land in Mangalore for expanding. Plans to invest Rs 300 crore (Rs 3 billion) in the Mangalore centre, which has topped in customer satisfaction and employee satisfaction among other Infosys centres.

The Mangalore centre, which celebrated its 10th anniversary, recently has grown from 20 employees in 1995 to more than 1,600 employees currently, servicing over 42 clients across the United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Chandigarh: Work is in progress for a software development block of 330,000 sq ft with 3,100 seats, a food court, a health club and employee care centre of 1,74,500 sq ft.

Thiruvananthapuram: Interiors have been completed in the leased space of 22,000 sq ft, with 220 seats. Infosys has acquired 50 acres of land to build its own facility in Thiruvananthapuram.

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SEZ are latest instruments, planned and executed by Govern...ment and Industrialists to grab prime land and other infrastructure at official rate and sell them at market rate.

The history shows that most of the land acquired by the Government at minimum rates have ben commercialised and sold at market rate by manipulations.

For industrialisation, one do not need SEZ. You tax poor people and grant incentives to big ones. Infosys is minting money, yet It does not pay any Income Tax. A poor worker earning Rs 1,10,000.00 is paying Income Tax. Income Tax is on income or defict , no one knows. Peopel earning billions do not need to pay Income Tax.

The same concept is being applied to SEZ. It is a scandal will end up in a mess. Already more than 10 farmers are commiting suicides every day.

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The US law is vague, but this how courts have ruled in past. In some Western countries, such as Sweden, law is more explicit and says that "if bribe... payment in a country is customary, then it is legal for a Swedish company to pay bribes in that country, otherwise not". Which is why MNCs fund Transparency International, and TI releases data on bribes in India, Africa, China etc. So that Western companies, if they were to face any legal issues in their home countries can use the TI data to show that "bribery in India, Africa etc is customary and hence we have done no crime by bribing Nbjprie in those countries".

Now US companies paying bribes to India's Nbjprie is nothing new. And that money is peanuts. The REAL money US MNCs sends is to ToI etc to create false propaganda that "Indian citizens are irrational" so Indian youth become anti-common.

RICE EXPORT SCAM- rice export: scam

Whose Name On A Grain Of Rice?

Greedy exporters used ‘needy’ African nations to circumvent a ban on rice exports. An indulgent offic...ialdom facilitates the windfall.
Saikat Datta

How A Rs 2,500 cr Scam Was Swung

Everyone had to be working in tandem: pliant governments, both here and abroad, and hungry cartels.


A Few Good Questions

* Why did Sierra Leone send a letter demanding that rice be sent through specific Indian companies?
* What was the criteria for choosing the 21 countries, since some of them are rice-exporting countries themselves?
* Why didn’t the government route the procurement of rice through FCI and transport it through Shipping Corporation of India?
* If the rice was allowed to be exported on humanitarian grounds, why was it sold at market rates by private companies?


“Prices were much lower than officially quoted ones due to the ban. Most rice was PDS rice sold by AP for Rs 2 a kg.”

—Naresh Goyal, South India Rice Exporters Asscn

“(Naming private companies) is interference in Indian commerce, creating monopoly purchases.”

—Vijay Setia, All India Rice Exporters Asscn

“If this was for humanitarian aid, why didn’t the government use FCI or the Shipping Corporation?”

—Vishnu Kumar, Exporter

“(Sending rice to South Africa) is ironic as they have a constitutional guarantee on right to food.”

—Biraj Patnaik, P’al Advisor, SC food commssr


As is usual in such cases, the Rs 2,500-crore rice export scam of 2008-09 had a rather innocuous-looking beginning. The Centre had, vide a government notification in October 2007, banned the export of non-basmati and 25 per cent broken rice, ostensibly to strengthen the nation’s food security in a time of high inflation and to ensure there was enough stock in the public distribution system to provide subsidised grain to those below the poverty line. Experts who feared an impending food crisis applauded the move.

Few, however, detected the insidious subplot. Since India is a major exporter, the ban immediately triggered off a steep increase (from $350 to a peak of $1,000 a metric tonne) in the price of rice in international markets. Then followed a chain of events in which guidelines were flouted and rules bypassed by state-owned trading companies to allow select private rice-exporting companies to export 10 lakh MT of rice despite the ban. They monopolised the market created for them by friends in the government and walked away with business worth Rs 2,500 crore while robbing the PDS of valuable rice in a country where 48 per cent of children below three years are malnourished. In a detailed investigation, Outlook has unearthed several startling facts about the great rice swindle.

Modus Operandi: Beginning January 2008, some three months after the government notified the rice export ban, a plan was in place to help a few exporters bypass the ban and capitalise on the rising international market prices. How was this done? It was felt in the government that since the export ban had made rice dearer in foreign markets, should requests for grain come from poor nations, it would be released on humanitarian grounds. Twenty-one African nations approached the ministry of external affairs after this policy was made public. Their requests were forwarded to the food and public distribution ministry headed by Sharad Pawar and to the commerce and industry ministry then headed by Kamal Nath (now minister for road transport and highways).

The Union commerce ministry would prove critical in the whole process since it is the nodal agency for all exports and oversees public sector trading companies such as the State Trading Corporation, MMTC and PEC. These corporations would later play a major role in facilitating private companies to take over the “humanitarian exports” and rake in huge profits. This is how it worked:

* The government of a country, say Sierra Leone or Ghana, writes to the MEA, with a copy to the commerce minister, seeking rice at “concessional” or “preferential” rates.
* Instead of leaving it to the government to select the supplier, the letter mentions the name of the private Indian company through which the proposed export must be routed.
* The commerce ministry gives its clearance and the director-general of foreign trade (DGFT) issues a notification formalising the quantity of rice to be exported by the pre-selected private rice exporter. This is in contravention of DGFT guidelines that grain must be exported by a government trading agency. Grain, as per DGFT guidelines, must be procured and exported through STC, MMTC or PEC. The procurement must also have been done from more than one state.
* The DGFT guidelines thus flouted, the responsibility of procuring and shipping the rice is handed over to the private company named in the letters from foreign governments.
* The STC, MMTC and PEC relinquish all control over procurement and even the price at which the rice is exported.
* What is supposed to be a humanitarian, Third World transaction is now a straightforward deal between a private Indian party and a foreign government. The rice is finally sold—this is the clincher—at prevailing international prices to the needy country. The profit per MT is between $200 and $250.
* In many cases, the letters of credit come from a third party—a trading company in Switzerland. A fact that naturally throws up the question: where is the rice going? To its declared destination or getting diverted to global markets?

Scandal Abroad: The scam would well have gone unnoticed but for a major scandal in Ghana in West Africa (see box on Page 36). Earlier this year, the new government under President John Evans Atta Mills launched an inquiry into the role played by the previous foreign minister, Akwasi Osei-Adjei, in one such deal. Ghana had in early 2008 written to the Indian government seeking several thousand metric tonnes of rice but wanted it only through a Delhi-based company, Amira Foods (India) Ltd. STC simply cleared the deal in favour of the company without inviting any tender. A source in the commerce ministry told Outlook, “The government of Ghana nominated its ministry of foreign affairs as the buying agency and Amira Foods as the procurement agency. The price and other commercial terms of the contract were finalised between the government and their nominated procurement agency in India.”

In short, not only did Ghana get to choose its own procurement agency (or vice versa), it also ensured that all its negotiations with the private rice exporter were kept out of the purview of the Indian government and its trading companies. Once a convenient price was arrived at, the rice was simply shipped off. Whether it reached Ghana or diverted to some other buyer en route is not known since the government of India had, perhaps deliberately, stepped back from all negotiations in what was supposed to be a ‘government-to-government’​ deal!

When Outlook sent a detailed questionnaire to Amira Foods, its vice-president, Protik Guha, called up the magazine and questioned the wisdom of printing a story dealing with a scandal in Ghana. Guha also wanted to know the source of the story but refused to comment on specific queries, stating that “our press department would look into them”. No one has got back to us.

If this deal was shocking, the deal with Sierra Leone was even more curious. The country sought nearly 40,000 MT of rice on a preferential payment basis from India in early 2008. But instead of a letter of credit coming from its government, it came from an international soft commodities trading company, Novel Commodities, with their offices in 1227 Carouge, Switzerland. As in the Ghana case, Sierra Leone also demanded that the rice be shipped through a Delhi-based rice exporting company, M/s Shivnath Rai Harnarain India Ltd. Sierra Leone sought another consignment in May ’09 through Amira.

In response to queries from Outlook, PEC Ltd’s chief finance manager, R.K. Jain, said: “The government of Sierra Leone had nominated M/s Novel Commodities for financing arrangement and M/s Shivnath Rai Harnarain for shipment of rice. The price was mutually fixed between the buyer (Switzerland-based Novel Commodities on behalf of the government of Sierra Leone) and the seller (M/s Shivnath Rai Harnarain Ltd).” The rate, Jain states in his written communique, was $430 per MT for 17,952 MT rice and $470 for another batch of 22,047 MT. The grain for both Ghana and Sierra Leone was sourced from mills in Andhra Pradesh which had buffer stocks.

Making a Killing: The prevailing rate for domestic procurement of non-basmati rice in March 2008, as per the retail price index of rice ascertained from the director of economic and statistics of the government of Andhra Pradesh, averaged around $280 per metric tonne. So if it was sold at $470, it meant a profit of $190 per metric tonne in this particular instance. If one factors in fluctuating international market rates, the profit may have been much higher for other consignments. “In fact, the prices (at which the local exporter procured rice) were much lower than the officially quoted one since there was a ban on exports,” says Naresh Goyal, vice president, South India Rice Exporters Association. “In most cases,” alleges Goyal, “the rice was PDS rice which the state government sells for Rs 2 a kg. We believe this was diverted towards exports and never reached its intended beneficiaries.”


India’s ban on export of non-basmati rice triggered a steep rise in international rice prices, from $350/MT to a peak of $1,000/MT.

The domestic rate per tonne for procuring non-basmati rice in March 2008 was $280. It was sold at $470. The profit per tonne: $190.

The scam would have gone unnoticed had it not been for a new regime in Ghana inquiring into the role of a previous foreign minister.

In the case of Sierra Leone, the letter of credit came not from the government but the Swiss firm Novel.

While Ghana says the STC recommended Amira Foods, Indian officials in the commerce ministry say it was the other way round.

The food ministry even sought the EC’s permission to procure rice to export to Nigeria. Curiously, Nigeria said it didn’t want the rice.


The food ministry even sought the EC’s permission to procure rice to export to Nigeria. Curiously, Nigeria said it didn’t want the rice.With the commerce ministry facilitating an export arrangement for a few chosen private companies, the rice exporters’ lobby began to send desperate petitions to the government and specifically to minister Kamal Nath. Vijay Setia, president, All India Rice Exporters Association, also dashed off a letter to the commerce secretary pointing out inconsistencies.

According to Setia, many of the 21 countries identified by the MEA for rice exports had a better per capita income than that of India. Many also have a long record of institutionalised corruption. Strangely, even a rice-exporting country like Egypt had been included in the list! Worse, the letters from these foreign governments seeking rice quotas came “to our commerce minister (Kamal Nath) mentioning the names of private companies who must be the suppliers”. This, he says, “is interference in Indian commerce, creating monopoly purchases and making three to four companies the beneficiaries, and exploiting rice millers, farmers and consumers.”

Chennai-based exporter Vishnu Kumar wants to ask the government this: “If this was all for humanitarian aid, why didn’t the government use its own machinery to export rice? It could have used the Food Corporation of India to procure the rice at reasonable rates and shipped it off to the African nations through the Shipping Corporation of India. It could have provided the needy nations supplies at a much cheaper price. Instead, it allowed a chosen private cartel of companies to make a killing.”

Meanwhile, in May this year, the government faced a major embarrassment when the Nigerian government turned down an offer of 1,17,000 MT rice that the DGFT and commerce ministry had allocated. In fact, the food and public distribution ministry had sought clearance from the Election Commission just before the general elections to procure non-basmati rice for export to Nigeria and other nations. So if there was no request from the African country, why was the offer made? No one seems to have an answer. Was the so-called requirement on the basis of which grain was released a fake document? If Nigeria didn’t want the rice, where was it headed for? Even Mongolia rejected a similar allocation, say commerce ministry sources.

The Indian government maintains that Nigeria rejected the Indian allocation because it had just had a bumper crop. If this was the case, why had Nigeria ‘sought’ 1,17,000 MT rice barely a month before? “Like all nations, they also make long-term projections. So, Nigeria would have known that they were headed for a decent crop. Therefore this issue of seeking Indian rice could be fictitious,” a senior government official involved in the allocation told Outlook. Since Nigeria refused, the government has now allotted 26,000 MT to South Africa. “It is deeply ironic because South Africa has a much better per capita income than India’s and also has a constitutional guarantee on the right to food,” says Biraj Patnaik, principal advisor to the Supreme Court food commissioner.

So why was DGFT not looking into blatant violations of its guidelines? Veena Bhalla, the joint director-general of foreign trade who oversaw the notifications, refused to comment; a questionnaire to R.S. Gujral, the director-general of foreign trade, elicited no response. The MEA too failed to react.

A few years ago, the Indian government was rocked by allegations that prominent politicians and business houses had made millions by selling off oil for food coupons issued to Iraq by the UN. Today, allegations have surfaced in a foreign country of influential cartels making huge profits in the name of providing grain on humanitarian grounds to needy nations. Shouldn’t India show concern rather than turn a blind eye? And shouldn’t such exports be banned or handled closely by the government?

Azad smells a rat in vaccine production policy

PNS | New Delhi
Ramadoss steps led to Govt-run pharma companies’ decline

What was long suspected and consistently reported in The Pioneer may well turn out to be true. The Government admitted in the Rajya Sabha on Friday the possibility of collusion between private and State-owned vaccine companies that triggered a complete halt in the production of vaccines in three Government units. The alleged nexus had developed during the previous UPA regime when Anbumani Ramadoss was the Union Health Minister.

In what is a virtual indictment of his predecessor, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday told the House: “Till recently the production of the three Government units was 80 per cent and then it came down to just around 10 per cent. There is something wrong. I smell a nexus between these units and private sector firms."

The Pioneer had published a series of reports during May-June 2008 on dubious decisions of the Health Ministry to close down three Public Sector Units (PSUs) manufacturing the vaccine, and how they were exploited to help a newly-formed private pharmacy company headed by a person close to Ramadoss. The PSU — BCG Vaccine Lab of Chennai — was compelled to give a purchase order to the private firm which helped the latter get a bank loan of Rs 14 crore.

The Pioneer reported how the PSU officials were forced to transfer guinea pigs in a secretive manner to a private vaccine company for research purposes. The PSUs were forced to recruit trainee scientists who, in a pre-planned manner, later switched over to the private company.

The paper also reported on the illegal purchase of measles seeds by a PSU, Pasteur Institute of Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. This is now under the CBI scanner. The PSU was forced to purchase seeds at an exorbitant value of Rs 2.5 crore from a person close to the then Minister. No approval from the Finance Ministry or Planning Commission had been obtained by the Pasteur Institute to produce vaccines for measles. Moreover, the then PSU Director’s wife was also a partner in the private firm.

Azad said the decline and ultimate closure of these companies saw the vaccines manufactured by private companies selling at exorbitant rates. Hinting that a nexus between private and State-owned vaccine companies could have led to gradual decline in production capacity of the three PSUs, the Minister said during Question Hour that the matter required in-depth probe by an external agency. He, however, did not offer any time-frame for the inquiry.

He said no manufacturing company, whether in private or public sector, had registered such a sharp drop in one or two years. “I cannot say it was done (to bring down production in Government units) to help private units. But it could be a possibility,” Azad said.

Ramadoss had suspended the manufacturing licences of three PSUs — Central Research Institute (Kasauli), Pasteur Institute of India in Coonoor (Tamil Nadu) and BCG Vaccine Laboratory in Chennai — in January 2008. He had justified the decision on the basis of a World Health Organisation (WHO) report, which stated that the production standards of the PSUs were not found in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Reports then had it that the Ministry had willfully ignored WHO’s offer for the upgradation of technology of these PSUs so that they could resume production of the vaccines.

The Supreme Court had already sent a notice to the Health Ministry in this regard. A Parliamentary Standing Committee also criticised Ramadoss’s stand on closure of the units.

The UPA Government in its second innings had reversed the then Health Minister’s decision in the Presidential Address and announced the immediate opening of these three PSUs to accelerate the Universal Immunisation Programme. In mid-June, Azad had constituted a core committee for the revamping these organisations.

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Dhirendra Pundir & Ashish Mehrishi (Headlines Today)
New Delhi, July 30, 2009

Thousands of tonnes of pulses are rotting in the country’s ports and warehouses even as the markets run short of supplies and consumers pay through the nose to buy their stocks.

A Headlines Today investigation has exposed how approximately 40,000 to 60,000 tonnes of pulses are lying unused at the Kolkata port. Arhar dal comprises at least 6,000 tonnes out of this and urad dal around 4,000 tonnes.

The colossal waste has been captured on camera by an undercover team of Headlines Today, which visited the Kolkata port with a hidden camera. Also, the port official who certifies that the material imported is fit for human consumption has been unavailable for the last two and a half months, sources said.

The pulses were procured from the international market using taxpayers’ money. Also, around 3 lakh tonnes of yellow peas are lying at the Tuticorin port and a huge quantity of pulses remains unused in the warehouses of the Central Warehousing Corporation.

Despite this, the government has been claiming that there is a severe shortage of pulses and is out to import stocks.

It was on April 12, 2007 that the government decided to import 1.5 million tonnes of pulses. The decision was taken anticipating a shortfall in production. While the country’s total production of pulses is around 12 to 14 million tonnes, the consumption is around 18 million tonnes.

The State Trading Corporation, MMTC, Nafed and PEC were given the mandate to import. At least 4 million tonnes of pulses have been procured since April 2007, of which a huge amount is lying in ports and warehouses.

Headlines Today sent a mail to the heads of all the four firms, asking why the stocks were being allowed to rot. The channel got no reply.

According to sources, each of the four companies stands to make a loss of around Rs 700 crore due to the wastage.

Sources said the moment the government decided to import pulses, the prices zoomed from Rs 14-15 per kg to Rs 21-22 per kg. The stocks imported were supposed to be released through the Public Distribution System, but the state governments never picked them up as they were getting the material at a much higher price than the local markets.

The government has recently booked an order of Burmese lemon tur dal (arhar dal) at a price much higher than the local market. According to sources, an order for September-October 2009 has been booked at $1250 per tonne, which would mean Rs 63 per kg at the Mumbai port. So the same arhar dal which is now available at Rs 55 per kg could be costing over Rs 100 a kg by the time it hits the market around Diwali.
I think that the pulse that were imported were rotten when loaded in the docks of country where it was imported from. Let me explain. Say pulse are imported from country-X and price is Rs 50/kg. So Pawar-MMS-Sonia paid Rs 50 from GoI accoun...t and got back Rs 40 back in their Mauritius accounts. And then they asked the company to send rotten pulses only. When the pulses came, Pawar-MMS-Sonia ordered the port authorities not to touch the shipment for days. And then they claimed that rotting was because of delay. Thus they covered up the fact that pulses were rotten when sent.

The mess piles up every day because we (sic) commons dont have procedures to expel Agriculture Minister, PM etc. And PM, Ministers and MPs etc are all having field day


His Feudal Lordship?
In Justice Dinakaran’s village, the Dalits says he is a land-grabber
Sugata Srinivasaraju , Chandrani Banerjee
Property Allegedly Owned By Justice Dinakaran

* Kaverirajapuram, Tiruvallur: 450 acres. This fences in government ‘poramboke’ land and land for the landless poor.
* Tiruttani, Tiruvallur: 440 acres
* Poovalai, Vellore: 50 acres of orchards
* Modus operandi: The judge’s men fence off tracts of land and encroach upon it. When the judge was a lawyer he owned 90 acres. His land holdings went up after he became a judge in 1996.


A slow but definite polarisation on caste lines has begun in the legal fraternity and outside with regard to the Justice P.D. Dinakaran disproportionate assets case, now inextricably linked to his elevation as a judge of the Supreme Court. A number of voices—in both his native Tamil Nadu, where he was a judge of the Madras High Court for nearly 12 years, and in Karnataka, where he is the chief justice—have started forwarding the argument that an “upper caste” lobby is working overtime and unfairly slinging mud to prevent the elevation of a Dalit judge to the Supreme Court.

An Anna Nagar property Justice P.D. Dinakaran allegedly owns; fenced property in his village

However, at Kaverirajapuram village in Tiruttani taluka of Tiruvallur district, ground zero of the controversy and where Justice Dinakaran is said to possess close to 450 acres, the discussion is at an entirely different level. In this rain-fed village, just 60 km from Chennai, the controversy is being seen as not between Dalit and non-Dalit, but as between a landed Dalit and landless ones. People describe it as the case of a rich, empowered Dalit depriving poor, powerless members of his own community of designated common land. In fact, the one leading the charge against Justice Dinakaran here is V.M. Raman, a young Dalit and a native of Kaverirajapuram. The village has about 350 Dalit families and the rest of the population, nearly 2,000 members, either belong to the Irula tribe or other backward classes.

According to Raman, Justice Dinakaran began his land-purchasing spree in the village as a lawyer. “As an advocate he purchased close to 90 acres from one Daya around 1990-91, but his landholding went up dramatically after he became a judge in 1996. He now has close to 450 acres, including government land that has been progressively encroached upon over a period of time,” Raman alleges. Apparently the fenced lands of Justice Dinakaran in Kaverirajapuram include, besides his ‘patta’ (registered) land, government land or ‘poramboke’ land, under which category fall the village’s lakes, pathways, canals, streams, pastures and ‘anadhinam’ land meant for distribution only among the landless poor. Since the property is well-fenced and secured, villagers are denied access to these common properties. The fence is said to have come up in the last three years.

Raman also reels out some of the ‘patta’ numbers of the plots within the fenced area that he has accessed from the taluka office in Tiruttani: “Patta number 1372 is in the name of Justice Dinakaran; 1426 in the name of Amudam Garden, Dear Lands and Sujatha; 2345 in the name of his wife Dr Vinodini; 1427 in the name of Konan Garden; 1365 in the name of Paripoornam; 92 in the name of Krishnaveni; 990 in the name of Ashok....” Some of the names, he says, could well be benami.

A village road named for him

Jaganathan, a landless Dalit of the village, says, “Some years ago, when we were grazing in what is clearly poramboke land, Dinakaran’s people not only chased us out, but also filed a complaint against us in the Kanakamma Chattiram police station, accusing us of stealing mangoes from his orchards. They made us sit in front of small heaps of mangoes and took pictures. Six of us were booked in the case.”

Other villagers point out that, a couple of years ago, they vehemently protested against the denial of access to grazing land and at that point Justice Dinakaran’s people had pointed to nearly 30 acres that was available to them for the purpose. But since these 30 acres are surrounded by his ‘private’ lands, the villagers had no chance of getting anywhere close to it.

The villagers say the local administration, elected representatives and the panchayat members have never come to their rescue or argued in their favour. In fact, on September 22, Indrasenan, the son of panchayat president Jayammal, accompanied by a former panchayat president, Narasimhalu, reportedly went round the village threatening people with dire consequences for having participated in a protest organised in Tiruvallur town against Justice Dinakaran’s “land-grabbing”.

Raman says, “Justice Dinakaran should have proved himself the second Dr Ambedkar, but it is unfortunate that he is treating his own people badly. After taking up this issue, I fear for my life. I also fear that false cases will be foisted against me.” Raman, who runs an organisation for children called Tallam Charitable Trust, has been seeking a plot in the village for the trust since 2005. But while denying him land, 13 acres (survey nos. 369/1 and 369/2) in the same locality was allotted to a “fictitious company”—Konan Pvt Ltd, which Raman says belongs to the judge.

In such an atmosphere of fear and near absence of support, the All India Kisan Sabha has in the past week decided to take up the cause of Dalits and the landless poor in the village. The protest they had organised in Tiruvallur town on September 22 drew modest crowds. Tulsi Narayanan of the Kisan Sabha says, “We have been demanding that the government should take action against the judge and other land-grabbers. We learn that, besides the judge, there is a retired tehsildar and a retired superintendent of police who have grabbed government land in the area. The local police, revenue officials, electricity officials are all in favour of the judge. We have sent a memorandum to the chief minister of Tamil Nadu on September 9 and have personally met the chief secretary on September 11. We hope there will be some action.”

A Kisan Sabha protest in Chennai

Narayanan also made it clear that they were “not worried or concerned” about the Dalit identity of the judge. The Kisan Sabha has also done its homework, gathering survey numbers of government ‘poramboke’ land that has been encroached upon in the village with the exact number of acres against each of the survey numbers.

The members of the Forum for Judicial Accountability (FJA) in Chennai, who took the initiative to make a detailed representation on the disproportionate assets of Justice P.D. Dinakaran on September 9 to the SC collegium, refused to speak. But when enquiries were made about their antecedents in Chennai legal circles, it was revealed that the members of the forum were public interest lawyers appearing for the landless poor and Dalits for over a decade. “FJA members have always done credible work. In this case, they have done their job of raising questions. It is surprising that even after all this hullabaloo, Justice Dinakaran has not issued a single statement,” said a Madras High Court lawyer.

The next movement in the case will be after Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan returns from his Australia trip on September 26. The apex court collegium is expected to meet two days later. But lawyers don’t see any action being taken. Senior Supreme Court lawyer Rajeev Dhawan says, “There is no proper mechanism to investigate a judge of the higher courts. The judges only fear the collegiums that may block their elevation. Other than the collegiums, they do not care about anything.” Justice Dinakaran has also been summoned by the CJI to present his side of the case.

By Sugata Srinivasaraju in Tiruttani (TN) with Chandrani Banerjee

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NDMC POWER SCAM- City power-starved, NDMC sells it to UP, We Should Get Excess Power: Discoms To DERC

By Unregis...tered Visitors, Section Electricity
Posted on Thu Aug 02, 2007 at 01:54:10 AM EST

Here comes another jolt for the `aam admi' who's got used to paying more for getting less power. The VVIPs of Lutyens' Delhi not only get the best power supply at the lowest rates, their municipality is also raking in cash by selling its surplus to other states at higher rates.
NDMC gets 350 MW of cheap allocated power from generating units owned by the government. While its own requirement is barely 300 MW, it has been selling the balance
to Uttar Pradesh (UP) even as other discoms like BSES are asking for tariff hikes to buy increasingly expensive power. Which means that even as the `aam admi' faces the prospect of paying more even as their discoms complain of buying expensive power, VVIPs remain a pampered lot.

Now the discoms, BSES and NDPL, have approached the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) to ensure that NDMC keeps the power it needs but the excess is distributed among the other distribution companies so that their power purchase cost remains in control and does not need to be passed on to the consumer. According to sources, if this continues, then the consequences could be seen soon in the multi-year tariff where it might go down to as low as Rs 1.50 per unit in NDMC areas and as high as Rs 4 for the rest of Delhi.

DERC chairman Berjinder Singh said: ``We are examining this issue and will pass an order in a day or two. The commission will take all steps to ensure that Delhiites get a reliable supply at reasonable rates and the discoms' demand is being examined closely.''

Sources in the power industry said government entities were getting preferential treatment and NDMC was making a neat profit by selling their surplus power to other states at a higher cost. This too, when other discoms were forced to buy costly power at the rate of Rs 7.49 per unit. ``BSES and NDPL are demanding that Delhi's power should remain within the Capital itself and any surplus power with any discom should be made available to others if required at the cost rate which is Rs 2.80 per unit,'' said a senior power department official.
NDMC admitted it had excess power and traded it. ``Any excess power we get goes in the unscheduled interchange (UI) pool where the rates for selling are decided by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC),'' said an official. This means whatever profit and loss comes out of the excess power given by a particular discom, it is borne by them. In NDMC's case, sources say they were able to sell the power they didn't require and make a good profit.

``NDMC doesn't need to buy costly power and is making extra money with its excess. BSES and NDPL are crying foul and are demanding the excess be offered to them first,'' said a DERC official.

The decision to allocate 350 MW power to NDMC was taken at a high-powered meeting chaired by the chief secretary and the home ministry about six months back. The allocation was then made by DERC to the various discoms from March 30. While NDMC gets 350 MW allocation and MES gets 50 MW, the remaining 3,100 MW was divided between BSES Yamuna, BSES Rajdhani and NDPL according to their average power consumption in the last five years. Another 299 MW unallocated power share was left to the discretion of the Delhi government to allocate according to their will. This power has been since allocated to BSES Yamuna to tide over their huge loss levels.

NDMC has a dedicated power plant by name of Pragati Gas Fired PP which was established exclusively for their use, so that they can be 'islanded'. The 350 MW being mentioned herein is over and above that as backup. Then there are other like priority withdrawal from central pool if supply from these sources are also disrupted.350MW for just 70,000 connections is astonishing. nowhere else in India is there so much for so few. and except for a hotel or two, the area doesnt have highrises and the bulk of Govt offices shut down at dusk. bulk of diplomatic offices on pubic side only operate in day.

with 25 mil souls, Assam has a installed capacity of around 1000 MW

and one wonders why people in many parts of country are angry with dilli for lack of investment ?

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