Civil Society Groups to protest and oppose visit of President and Chief Justice of India to KIIT-Why?
All of you are aware that the very KIIT, which was once housed in a rented single room in 1992, now boasts of 10 sprawling wifi enabled campuses in Patia area of Bhubaneswar. What is the magic behind such progress of an institution within short a span of time? Is it outcome of selfless efforts of Sri Achyut Samant , the founder of KIIT or any marvellous game plan designed by him? The so-called success story of KIIT’s phenomenal growth was in fact brought to limelight by CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General of India). As per CAG Report, out of total 89 acres of land leased out to KIIT by IDCO, allotment of 82 acres is illegal. CAG Report has shown Sri Achyut Samant has grabbed land by adopting all manners of illegal and fraudulent means which is not expected of a person who projects himself as an eminent educationalist and founder of KIIT University. He has developed the entire infrastructure by giving bribe to corrupt bureaucrats for encroaching the government land time and again and manipulating the IDCO authority to regularise the same in violation of Odisha Prevention of Land Encroachment Act, 1972.
Moreover, the CAG Audit scrutiny has revealed that although direct allotment of land to KIIT by IDCO was meagre ( 7. 083 acres), there were instances of undue benefit extended to KIIT in acquiring the remaining land ( 82.087 acres) violating procedures of land allotment which resulted in a loss of Rs. 252.54 acres. Besides that KIIT has again occupied unauthorised 18.864 acres of land , the benchmark valuation of land being Rs. 94.32 crores.
Let us cite two examples extracted from CAG Report.
A. KIIT , an infamous Institution for its land grabbing in Bhubaneswar encroached land measuring 16.397 acres , valued Rs.12.30 crores and got it regularised by ICDO in connivance of its corrupt officials in two phases ( 9.809 acre in April 2005 and 6.588 acre in July 2009 ), though it is not permissible under any law of the land.
B. KIIT, a deemed University, applied ( April 2010 ) for additional land of 14 acres in Chandaka IR contiguous to the land under its occupation, which were under encroachment by some other people and offered to get it vacated from the said encroachers at its risk and cost, in case the said land would be allotted to that institute. The Land Allotment Committee (LAC) of IDCO agreed to the same and decided (April 2010) to allot 14 acres of such encroached land to KIIT. An in-principle allotment order was issued (October 2010) to KIIT with the stipulation to formally allot the land after eviction of the encroachers. This was despite the fact that, the BoD of IDCO in 65th meeting, inter-alia, decided (April, 2004) not to entertain any further applications of KIIT for regularisation of any encroachment in Chandaka area.
Since Mid-July 2014, the concerned citizens and Social Activists of Odisha have been holding dharana, demonstration and mass rally demanding CBI enquiry into land scam in Odisha and also submitting memoranda to different authorities like Governor and Chief Minister of Odisha ( Copy of Memorandum is enclosed) . Mass Media has covered series of news against KIIT and Sri Achyut Samant for land acquired by him through fraudulent means. The State Govt. constituted a task Force for enquiry into irregularities and illegalities in allotment of land by different Govt. agencies in August 2014 but the illegal allotment of land to KIIT by IDCO was kept out from the purview of inquiry. As Sri Samant exerts huge influence by various nefarious methods over the gullible and corrupt bureaucracy, the land allotment to him has not been enquired till date. A Writ petition has been filed in Odisha High Court against Sri Achyut Samant and KIIT with a prayer for CBI inquiry into land scam of Sri Samant. (Copy of the media clipping is enclosed). KIIT is also not complying with RTI Act and not disclosing any information to the Information-seekers.
Sri Achyut Samant through a mega image building exercise is always on the lookout for inviting dignified personalities to his Institution, simply to repair and make over his controversial profile and thereby to divert attention of the people from his naked acts of corruption. It is apprehended that Mr. Samant by inviting President of India and other dignitaries wants to whitewash his depreciated and questionable image.
As is well known, KIIT is a deemed university which has been substantially financed in terms of land and funds from different agencies of State and Central Governments. As such, it is a public authority under Section 2 (h) of the RTI Act, 2005. But the PIO of KIIT refused to provide the information under RTI Act time and again. Several Complaint cases against KIIT are pending with State Information Commission for disposal.
Under the circumstances, we have made request Hon’ble President of India and Chief Justice of India to enquire into the above mentioned crimes of fraud and corruption exposed by a Constitutional Body like CAG before taking a decision as to respond to the invitation of Mr. Achyut Samant to grace the occasion at KIIT or not.
It is needless to mention here that we the Civil Society Groups will oppose and organise demonstration and road blockade at the time of Visit of the Rastrapati and Chief Justice of India.
Srinibas Mohanty Khirod Rout Prof. Jantrana Parikhit
Advocate, Odisha High Court Advocate, Odisha High Court
Sudhir Mohanty Pradip Pradhan Ashok Mallik
Advocate, Odisha High Court RTI Activist President, NACDOR
Pratap Sahu Sachikant Pradhan Arun Jena
Social Activist Social Activist Social Activist
Abdul Walli Raju Singh Menaka Kinnar
Social Activist Social Activist, Cuttack Bhubaneswar
Bijay Parida Ashok Das Sanjay Sahu
Jana Adhikar Parishad Samajik Nyaya Andolan Social Activist