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Lokayukta gets complaint on a�?6,000-acre land scam, ‘Land denotified and acquired at three times market value’

BANGALORE: In a complaint to the Lokayukta, Bangalore based businessman A. Alam Pasha has alleged that over 6,000 acres of land were acquired through fraudulent means by the KIADB in the Devanahalli Industrial Area during the last three years.

The land, which was acquired for a string of projects such as the IT Park, Hardware Technology Park, and Aerospace Park, also include property earmarked for allocation to companies that participated in the Global Investors Meet. The complaint, filed on August 24, 2011, alleges that the land was originally owned by the Government. The land was illegally denotified in favor of middlemen for powerful politicians and then acquired by the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board for three times the market value, the complaint alleges.

In his complaint, he says that the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, who was the chairman, and Industries Minister Murugesh M. Nirani, who is the vice-chairman of the State High-Level Clearance Committee (SHLCC), are directly involved in the scam.
Speaking to The Hindu here on Wednesday, Mr. Pasha claimed that he had proof to back his allegations.
Lokayukta Shivaraj V. Patil confirmed the receipt of the complaint and described the allegations as a�?grave in nature”. He said that he has sent the file for scrutiny.

Quoting from his own case, Mr. Pasha said that his company, Pash Space International Ltd., was charged Rs. 1.85 crore per acre for its housing project by the KIADB, which purchased it at Rs. 75 lakh an acre from landowners. The a�?so-called farmersa�? from whom the land was purchased for the project are none other than the family members of certain Cabinet ministers, he alleged. a�?The original land value in those areas is nearly half of what was finally paid,a�?he said.

Mr. Pasha claimed that he has uncovered large-scale irregularities in the course of fighting for the success of his project, which is being “sabotaged by vested interests in the Governmenta�?. On April 2, The Hindu reported how Mr. Pashaa��s Rs. 600-crore project had been canceled on the basis of a forged letter. Somebody had forged his signature and company letterhead and written a letter to the Government stating that Pash Space International is not interested in going ahead with the Devanahalli project.
A few days after the April 2 report, the Government went back on its decision to cancel the land allotment and ordered an inquiry. But after the issue died down in the media, things went back to normal. a�?The investigation has gone nowhere and I have still not been formally handed over the land,a�? Mr. Pasha alleged. He is alleging that he has proof to indict Mr. Yeddyurappa and Mr. Nirani in not just the case of the forged letter but also in the land acquisition in Devanahalli.

ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತ ಅಲಮ್ ಪಾಶಾ ಅವರು ಕಿರುಕುಳ, ಭೀತಿಗೊಳಿಸುವಿಕೆ(Activist Alam Pasha accuses Mr.Nirani of harassment, Intimidation)

ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೋದ್ಯಮಿ ಮತ್ತು ಸಮಾಜ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತ ಶ್ರೀ.ಅಲಾಮ್ ಪಾಶಾ, ಲೋಕಾಯುಕ್ತ ನ್ಯಾಯಾಲಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕಾ ಸಚಿವ ಮುರುಗೇಶ್ ನಿರಾನಿ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಭ್ರಷ್ಟಾಚಾರ ಪ್ರಕರಣಗಳನ್ನು ದಾಖಲಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಮತ್ತು ಮಾಧ್ಯಮದ ಭಾಗಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಅವನಿಗೆ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಮಾನನಷ್ಟ ಮತ್ತು ಸುಳ್ಳು ಮಾಹಿತಿಗಳನ್ನು ಹಾಕುವ ರಾಜಕಾರಣಿ ಆರೋಪಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಬುಧವಾರ ಪತ್ರಿಕಾಗೋಷ್ಠಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದ ಅವರು, ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್ ದಿನಪತ್ರಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಕಟವಾದ ಒಂದು ವರದಿಯನ್ನು ಅವರು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕಾ ಪ್ರದೇಶಗಳ ದೂರು ಆಧರಿಸಿ ಹಾಲಸುರು ಗೇಟ್ ಪೊಲೀಸ್ ಠಾಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ದಾಖಲಾದ ನಕಲಿ ಪ್ರಕರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಆರೋಪಿ ಎಂದು ಉಲ್ಲೇಖಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಮಂಡಳಿ (KIADB).

“ಎಫ್ಐಆರ್ನ ನಕಲು ಇಲ್ಲಿದೆ,” ಎಂದು ಪಾಶಾ ಹೇಳಿದರು. “ಒಬ್ಬ ಆರೋಪಿ ಎಂದು ನಾನು ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಪಟ್ಟಿ ಮಾಡಿದೆ?” ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಿದರು. ಆಯ್ದ ಕೆಲವು ಮಾಧ್ಯಮಗಳು ಎಫ್ಐಆರ್ ಅನ್ನು ಅವನ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ನೋಂದಾಯಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂಬ ಸುಳ್ಳು ವರದಿಯನ್ನು ಅವರು ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಂಡರು. ಕಥೆಯನ್ನು ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿದ ವರದಿಗಾರರು ಸಚಿವರಿಂದ ತಪ್ಪುದಾರಿಗೆಳೆಯಲ್ಪಟ್ಟಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎಂದು ಆರೋಪಿಸಲು.

ವರದಿಯನ್ನು ನಡೆಸಿದ ಮಾಧ್ಯಮಗಳ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಮಾನನಷ್ಟ ಮೊಕದ್ದಮೆ ಹೂಡುವುದಾಗಿ ಬೆದರಿಕೆ ಹಾಕಿದ ಅವರು, “ಹಲಸುರು ಗೇಟ್ ಪೋಲಿಸ್ ವರದಿಗಾರರಿಗೆ ನನ್ನ ಹೆಸರನ್ನು ಆರೋಪಿಯಂತೆ ಪಟ್ಟಿಮಾಡಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಿಲ್ಲ. ಆ ಮಾಹಿತಿಯನ್ನು ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರು ಪಡೆದರು? ಯಾರು ಈ ಸುದ್ದಿ ಹಾಕಿದರು?”

ಏಪ್ರಿಲ್ 2, 2013 ರಂದು ಹಾಲಸುರು ಗೇಟ್ ಪೊಲೀಸ್ ಠಾಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ದಾಖಲಾದ ಎಫ್ಐಆರ್, ಗುರುತಿಸದ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ ಪಾಶಾ ಕಂಪೆನಿ ಮತ್ತು ಕೆಐಎಡಿಬಿ ನಡುವೆ 2003 ರಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರವೇಶಿಸಿರುವ ಒಪ್ಪಂದದೊಂದಿಗೆ ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಎರಡು ಪಕ್ಷಗಳ ನಡುವಿನ ಒಪ್ಪಂದದ ಪ್ರಕಾರ, ಎಲೆಕ್ಟ್ರಾನಿಕ್ ಸಿಟಿಯ ಹತ್ತಿರ ಸಿಂಗಲ್ ಯೂನಿಟ್ ಕಾಂಪ್ಲೆಕ್ಸ್ ಪ್ರೋಗ್ರಾಂನ ಹತ್ತಿರ ಶ್ರೀ ಪಾಶಾ ಒಡೆತನದ 12 ಎಕರೆ ಕೃಷಿ ಭೂಮಿಯನ್ನು KIADB ಸ್ವಾಧೀನಪಡಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿತು ಮತ್ತು ನಂತರ ಅದನ್ನು ಕೈಗಾರಿಕಾ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಗೆ ಕಂಪನಿಗೆ ಮರು-ಅನುಮತಿಸಿತು. ಕೆಐಎಡಿಬಿ ನಡೆಸಿದ ಪರಿವರ್ತನೆ ಮತ್ತು ಇತರ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಕಾರ್ಯಗಳಿಗಾಗಿ, ಮಿಸ್ಟರ್ ಪಾಶಾ ಏಜೆನ್ಸಿಗೆ ರೂ. 10.6 ಕೋಟಿ.

ಲೋಕಾಯುಕ್ತ ತನಿಖೆ

ಶ್ರೀ ಪಾಶಾ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಆರೋಪಗಳನ್ನು ನೀಡಿದರು ಮತ್ತು 2006 ರಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರು ಭೂಮಿಯನ್ನು ನೀಡಿದರು, ನಂತರ ಅವರು ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ರೂ. ಆಸ್ತಿ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಪಡಿಸಲು 10 ಕೋಟಿ. ಹೇಗಾದರೂ, 2009 ರಲ್ಲಿ, ಅದೇ ಭೂಮಿ ಶ್ರೀನಿರಾನಿ ನಿದರ್ಶನದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೇಳಲಾದ ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ಕಂಪನಿಗೆ ಮಂಜೂರು ಮಾಡಲ್ಪಟ್ಟಿತು.

ಶ್ರೀ ಪಾಷಾ ಅವರ ದೂರುಗಳ ಆಧಾರದ ಮೇಲೆ ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಲೋಕಾಯುಕ್ತ ನ್ಯಾಯಾಲಯವು ಆಪಾದಿತ ಅಕ್ರಮವನ್ನು ಕೇಳಿಬರುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಪ್ರಕರಣವನ್ನು ತನಿಖೆ ಮಾಡಲು ಲೋಕಾಯುಕ್ತ ಪೊಲೀಸರಿಗೆ ಆದೇಶ ನೀಡಿದ್ದು, ಆರೋಪಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸತ್ಯವನ್ನು ಕಂಡುಹಿಡಿದಿದೆ ಮತ್ತು ಶ್ರೀನಿರಾನಿ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಚಾರ್ಜ್ಶೀಟ್ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿದೆ.

Industrialist and Social Activist Mr.Alam Pasha, has filed corruption cases against Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani in the Lokayukta Court and accused the politician of planting defamatory and false information against him in sections of the media.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, he produced a copy of a report that appeared in an English daily where he has been referred to as an accused in a forgery case registered at the Halasuru Gate police station based on a complaint by the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB).

“Here is a copy of the FIR,” Mr. Pasha said, “Where have I been listed as an accused?” Stating that a select few media outlets had carried the false report that an FIR had been registered against him, he went on to allege that the reporters who had filed the story had been misled by the minister.

While threatening to file a defamation suit against the media outlets that carried the report, he said: “There is no way the Halasuru Gate police could have told the reporters that my name was listed as an accused. Then where did they get that information? Who planted this news?”

The FIR filed in the Halasuru Gate police station on April 2, 2013, states that an unidentified person had tampered with an agreement that had been entered into between Mr. Pasha’s company and the KIADB in 2003.

As per the agreement between the two parties, the KIADB would acquire and convert 12 acres of agricultural land owned by Mr. Pasha near Electronics City under the Single Unit Complex programme and then re-allow it to the company for industrial development. For the conversion and other developmental works carried out by the KIADB, Mr. Pasha would have to pay the agency Rs. 10.6 crore.

Lokayukta Probe
Mr. Pasha paid the development charges and was allotted the land in 2006 following which he spent another Rs. 10 crore to develop the property. However, in 2009, the same land was allotted to another company, allegedly at the instance of Mr. Nirani.

This alleged irregularity is already being heard by the Lokayukta Court on the basis of a complaint by Mr. Pasha. The Lokayukta police, which was asked to investigate the matter, has also found truth in the allegations and submitted a charge sheet against Mr. Nirani.

Land Documents Forged by Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani

Forged Letter used to cancel Rs.600-crore housing project. Activist and Social Worker Alam Pasha filed denotification and cheating charges against Karnataka Industries Minister Muruguesh Nirani.A�

Activist and Social Worker followed, Car Vandalized

Social Worker Alam Pasha was chased and car vandalized.

Mr. Alam Pasha had exposed a scam and complained to the Lokayukta against Nirani.

  • He had sought police protection over a year ago
  • His daughters were followed and threatened in March

Mr. Pasha, who is also an RTI activist, had exposed a massive land scam in the Global Investors’ Meet and filed two private complaints before the Lokayukta Court against Industries Minister Murugesh M. Nirani, the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and the former Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu, as well as several senior IAS officials.

Bigwigs charge-sheeted
One of the complaints pertaining to illegal denotification of land resulted in the filing of a charge sheet against Mr. Nirani, Mr. Yeddyurappa, and Mr. Naidu as well as other IAS officials. The Lokayukta police have registered an FIR against Mr. Nirani in the second case where Mr. Pasha had accused him of forgery and fraud.

Speaking to The Hindu after Friday evening’s attack, a rattled Mr. Pasha said: “I was driving to my house from Old Madras Road around 7 pm. I noticed three men on two motorcycles following me. I sped home and ran indoors. The motorcyclists tried to chase me as I ran. They then smashed the windscreen of my car that was parked outside and left after loudly revving their bikes for a few minutes.”

Powerful Enemies
Blaming the State government for the attack, he said that he had sought special police protection over a year ago as he had made several powerful enemies. “My daughters were followed and threatened in March 2012. Even then the State government did not provide me or my family with protection.”
The jurisdictional Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) had recommended to the State government he should be provided security. “But the government did not heed the recommendation of its own officer,” he said.

Asked who might be behind the attack, he shot back: “Isn’t that obvious?”
DCP (East) T.G. Krishna Bhatta said, “I have just been informed by the [police] inspector. I will investigate the matter.” However, jurisdictional police inspector D. Kumar told The Hindu: “He [Mr. Pasha] likes publicity. It seems like some accident.” A case has been registered.

Another KIADB Land Scam With Yeddy Link Surfaces

Industrialist and Social Activist accuses former CM and Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani of forging his signature to grab 26 acres that he was alloted.

Industrialist Alam Pasha (inset) has filed the complaint . against Karnataka Udyog Mitra, which was chaired by B S Yeddyurappa, accusing him and Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani Nirani of forgery.

Former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has been embroiled in yet another scam and this time, he along with Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani is accused of forging the signature of an industrialist to grab 26 acres of land. Industrialist Alam Pasha discovered the scam when he went to Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) office to check the delay in sanctioning land allotted to him.

He was shocked upon real- ising that someone has procured a fake letterhead and seal and also forged his signature requesting for cancellation of the land allotted to him.

Pasha filed a complaint with the Lokayukta _on September 2 against Karnataka Udyog Mitra of which then CM Yeddyurappa was the chairman and Nirani the vice chairman.

Pasha in his complaint suspected that the accused have not only cheated participants at the Global Investors meet. by denying them land for setting up industries, but were also involved in large-scale irregularities in the form of notification and denotification of land and sanctioning compensation to fake reception.

Loss multiplied?

The whole global investors meet is an eyewash and was held to benefit ministers kith and kin and their supporters through compensation packages, Alam said adding that this has not only denied opportunity to genuine investors but also incurred huge losses to the state exchequer.

Pasha who proposed to build 600 houses for the economically weaker section for a reasonable rate, had submitted the proposal through his company Pash Space International Private Limited.

In the last Global Investors Meet chaired by Yeddyurappa, Pasha’s project was approved and allotted 26 acres in Special Economic Zone near Devanahalli International Airport.

Overwhelmed with this, Pasha even signed an MOU with a multinational construction company to develop his project after GIM committee headed by Yeddyurappa in June 2010 announced land allotted to Pasha by issuing government order.

While Pasha approached the KlADB for getting possession of the land and for further formalities, the officials informed him that the land allotment has been canceled.

Upon verification Pasha found that the land was canceled following a request letter from him, stating that he was not interested in the project.

Fake letter

Pasha denied writing such a letter and said it was entirely fake. Meanwhile, the letter on his letterhead along with seal and signature had reached the committee on February 2 based on which the decision was taken. The irony is that the daemon was taken on January 20, which is a week before the letter reached the committee, Pasha said.

When Pasha contacted the KIADB seeking details, the offic1als admitted that it’s a forged letter and even the committee agreed to reverse the order.

Additional Director General of Police ( Lokayukta) J V Goankar said that he has to verify the case to know what progress has been made.