Neo-Colonial Land-grabbing Mania
During colonial regime, the Britishers adopted various dirty tricks like waging war, offering bribe, hatching conspiracy and instigating one against another to conquer India. The same tactics was earlier followed by Mughal Emperors during feudal period to expand their rule by capturing the Hindu Kingdoms in India. In the neo-colonial period, the corporate houses are seen adopting all illegal and fraud means by influencing national Govt. to grab invaluable land at any cost. Sri Achyut Samant, Mentor of KIIT is no way different from them which has been explicitly exposed by Comptroller and Auditor General of India in its report entitled “ Performance Audit of CAG on General and Social Sector”.
Sri Samant has adopted all types of fraud, forgery and illegalities to capture most valuable and precious Govt. ( public land) Land in Bhubaneswar to build up his empire in the name of the people and state. I do present herewith series of cases studies of his malpractice, irregularities in respect of grabbing land violating all norms, values and ethics.
Case Study- 1: Misutilisation of land by KIIT purchased through BIFR( Board of Industrial and Financial Reconstruction) resulting in a loss of Rs. 51 crores.
KIIT purchased a piece of land of 16.200 acres from Magnetix India Pvt. Limited (6.00 acres) and Indo Maxwell Limited (10.200 acres) through the official Liquidator, Odisha High Court. In case of Indo Maxwell Limited liquidation case, the Honourable High Court specifically instructed (July 2006) in Misc case No. 78/2005 that the transferred land should be utilised as per the terms and conditions of the original lease agreement, i.e., industrial purpose only.
But, in blatant disregard to the orders of the honourable court, KIIT was found utilising the land for running a school. No action was taken by IDCO for cancellation / resumption of land resulting in loss of Rs. 51 crore (calculated on the bench mark valuation of the cost of land).
Case Study- 2: Illegal regularisation of mutual transfer of land to KIIT resulting loss of Rs. 73.75 crores to State Exchequer
Section 34 of the IDCO Act 1980 stipulated that in order to promote rapid growth and development of industries, the Board could carry out a six-monthly review of the allotted plots and resume the unutilised portion of the allotted land by giving a notice to the allottee of the industrial estate. Further, as per IDCO circular (September 2004), no mutual transfer of industrial property was permissible and in the event of any allotted property mis-utilised as educational/ technical/ management/other professional institutes, the allotment was required to be cancelled.
But astonishingly, it was found that the allotted industrial plot of 15 . 516 acres to different companies like PGL Plastic Tubes Limited, Kalinga Software Limited, B. Engineers and Builders Limited, Utkal Tubes, Package India, Mangalachand Telecom Pvt. Ltd., New Life Health Care, Arya Aluminium Ltd., Mineral Rock Products, Minu Concrete Works etc. which were found lying vacant and misutilised was tarnsferred to KIIT instead of resumption of land by IDCO. The High Level Land Allotment sub-committee approved (May 2010) the proposals for mutual transfer of these plots which were pending finalisation as per benchmark valuation fixed by Revenue and Disaster Management Department (April 2010).
But by-passing the decision of the Government and the HLAC, the Board of Director (BoD) decided (July 2010) to dispose off the mutual transfer cases on the basis of land rates prevalent on the date of the receipt of such applications leading to illegal transfers. Accordingly, all the pending cases were disposed off as per rate structure prescribed by BoD, which also resulted in a loss of revenue to the extent of Rs. 73.75 crores.
Pradip Pradhan, M- 9937843482