Medha Patkar exposes 70,000 crore Maharashtra Irrigation Scam #Ajitpawar #Nitingadkari #Video

TNN | Apr 19, 2013, 03.11 AM IST

Top netas deny Medha Patkar's bribery charges
Patkar released a December 2011 Income-Tax (I-T) assessment report, which said that firms paid unexplained “overheads” totalling nearly Rs 44 crore to facilitate building of the Ghodzari branch canal, which is a part of the controversial project.
MUMBAI: Social activist Medha Patkar of theNational Alliance of People’s Movement on Thursday alleged that a dam contractor bribed top NCP, BJP and Congress leaders as well as state irrigation department officials for the Gosikhurd national project in Vidarbha.Patkar released a December 2011 Income-Tax (I-T) assessment report, which said that firms paid unexplained “overheads” totalling nearly Rs 44 crore to facilitate building of the Ghodzari branch canal, which is a part of the controversial project.The I-T order for assessment year 2008-09 showed payments to ‘Dada, ‘AP’, ‘GAD’, ‘SD’ and ‘MG’. Patkar alleged that ‘Dada’ and ‘AP’ are deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar (then water resources minister), while the others are BJP leaders Nitin Gadkari and Gopinath Munde, and former Congress MLA Sunil Deshmukh, respectively.

The payments, which were also made to senior engineers, continued till February 2009. Dada and AP received the largest chunk, Rs 27.5 crore, Gad and SD got Rs 50 lakh each and MG received Rs 20 lakh, said the I-T order.

Pawar, Munde and Deshmukh have denied the allegations, while a BJP spokesperson denied Gadkari was involved.

Patkar’s allegations come in the wake of a series of exposes by TOI over the past year on a Rs 70,000 crore irrigation scam in Maharashtra. The I-T order was prepared by A S Marathe, deputy commissioner of I-T, central circle, Kolhapur, following a search operation at the residence of a technical director of Mahalaxmi Infraprojects Ltd (MIL) in September 2009. MIL (earlier Mahalakshmi Construction Company Ltd) is in a joint venture with M/s B T Patil and Sons Belgaum Construction company Ltd to build the Rs 287-crore Ghodzari branch canal. An appeal against the I-T order is pending before the appellate tribunal, Pune.

The I-T report said it had found evidence of “speed money payments” at the residence of Dhirendra Anant Bhat, MIL technical director. “Bundle No 1 containing 40 loose sheets has comprehensive evidences of speed money depicting the name of the project, amount, date of payment, name of payer, name of recipient, designation of bribe recipient, sharing of such unexplained expenditure between Mahalaxmi and its JV partner, M/s B T Patil & Sons Belgaum Construction Company etc,” the report said.

Both the joint-venture partners admitted that Rs 43.84 crore is the total unexplained expenditure related to the Ghodzari project and their 50% share is around Rs 21.91 crore. “The claim of the assessee company (Mahalaxmi) and its JV partner is that the unexplained payments mentioned in the documents seized from Shri Bhat are only projected payments and not payments actually made. Thus, the only dispute in respect of unexplained payments related to the Ghodzari project is year of taxation and nature of payments,” said the IT report. The report attached scanned copies of loose sheets found at Bhat’s house. They show payments to Dada and AP, SD, GAD and MG.

Pawar refuted the allegations. “She (Patkar) is a renowned activist. I am too small a person to comment in comparison to her,” he said sarcastically, but added, “There is no truth in the allegations. The government has set up an SIT to probe the financial irregularities in irrigation projects. Once the probe is over, one will come to know about the reality of the allegations and status of irrigation projects.” A source close to Pawar said he might take legal recourse if Patkar’s information is false.

Munde described the allegations as “baseless”. “I don’t know any contractor called Bhat. I have never met him,” said a statement issued by Munde. BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari, speaking on behalf of Gadkari and Munde, dismissed Patkar’s charges as “baseless and without truth”.

Deshmukh, the former minister of state (MoS) for water resources, said he did not hold the portfolio during the period Patkar was referring to. He said he held the portfolio from 2004 to 2008. “In any case none of the tenders are approved by the MoS, as the decisions were directly taken by the executive director of Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation and the cabinet minister,” he said.

Patkar has demanded an independent commission of inquiry chaired by a judge with integrity to probe the corruption charges. She said the state government-appointed Chitale committee had no power to delve deep enough into the irrigation scam.


#India – Now, a Rs 6,000-cr tribal scheme #scam in Maharashtra

Court finds prima facie evidence, asks state govt to submit all files relating to purchases

Sanjay Jog / Mumbai Nov 03, 2012, 00:07 IST,Buisness Standard

It’s a season of scams in Maharashtra. After a series of irregularities — first in the irrigation sector, then in toll recovery and construction of the Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi, the Bombay High Court has found prima facie evidence of a “Rs 6,000-crore corruption” in purchase of materials for tribal development schemes.

Hearing a public interest suit, a division bench on Thursday observed that the irregularities happened during 2006 and 2009, when Nationalist Congress Party leader, Vijaykumar Gavit, was the minister.

The purchases under scanner were made to curb malnutrition, distribution of cows and buffaloes, supply of diesel engine and pipes, etc. The petitioner, Bahiram Popatrao Motiram, a tribal from Nashik district, has pleaded for constitution of a special team to probe the multi-crore scam. The state government, besides seven others, is the lead respondent.

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The court has also directed the state government to immediately submit to the registrar general the necessary files pertaining to various purchases made by the tribal development department and its undertakings. The court rejected the government’s plea for giving time to copy those files.

The petitioner alleged the tribal development department, on the last day of March 2006, procured liquid protein without following the procurement procedure or floating tenders. Also, the liquid protein bottles were not distributed, though the amount was disbursed. Further, the department sanctioned and disbursed Rs 6.30 crore on March 31, 2006, for supply of mats to Ashram School students. The petitioner said the record had been created by authorities for the supply of mats. Against the price of Rs 200-300 per mat in the open market, Rs 1,930 per mat was quoted.

There has also been an alleged corruption in the distribution of cows and buffaloes to tribals, besides many other cases like fraud in the supply of diesel engines to farmers in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

The court’s observations come at a time when Gavit is busy campaigning for civic elections in his home district. He took some time out of the election process and told Business Standard: “There is no corruption. The purchases are sanctioned by a committee comprising seven or more IAS officers. The Central Bureau of Investigation has inquired into the case and closed it.”

Gavit’s successor and the current tribal development minister, Babanrao Pachpute, said he had convened a meeting with senior officials comprising state chief secretary, law secretary and tribal development secretary on Saturday to chart the future course of action. He, too, ruled out any corruption.

Convention-National Crisis and Left and Demoractic Agenda-30th Sept #Delhi

Contact: U-90 Shakarpur, Delhi-92
phone: 011-22521067; fax: 011-22442790

C O N V E N T I O N 



Mavalankar Auditorium, Rafi Marg, New Delhi
30 September 2012   
12 Noon – 6 PM


Dipankar Bhattacharya, CPI (ML)
D Raja, CPI
Mangat Ram Pasla, CPM Punjab
K S Hariharan, LCC Kerala
Abani Roy, RSP
Debabrata Biswas, Forward Bloc
Bhimrao Bansod, LNP(L), Maharashtra
Arun Ghatani, CPRM, Darjeeling
Dr. Sunilam
Prasenjit Bose
Shamsher Singh Bisht, Uttarakhand Lok Vahini
Prof.Nawal Kishore Choudhury, Patna University
Prof. Manjit Singh, Punjab University, Chandigarh
Anand Swaroop Varma, senior journalist
& other leaders of Left-democratic movements and concerned citizens  

The UPA-II Government, mired in mega scams implicating its topmost leaders, and facing popular protests all around, is desperately clinging to power. In a brazenly autocratic way, it is hell bent on pushing through a host of drastic anti-people measures – including a steep hike in diesel prices, halving of subsidy on cooking gas, and FDI in multi-brand retail and civil aviation. It is imperative that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Government be punished and made to quit for their betrayal of the mandate which they secured in the name of benefiting the ‘aam aadmi’.
The BJP and NDA are seeking to capitalize on the issue of corruption – but their state governments and leaders are equally mired in corruption. And the BJP is trying desperately to whip up a communal agenda before the next polls, trying to stoke up a hate campaign in the wake of the Assam violence. The Naroda Patiya verdict has once again underlined how the BJP used power to perpetrate a communal pogrom.
There is a virtual consensus among the ruling parties on neoliberal policies that promote corporate plunder of the country’s precious resources, at the cost of land and livelihood of common people. All shades of dissent and protest are being suppressed by invoking draconian laws and unleashing repression. All across the country, there is an alarming rise in patriarchal and casteist violence and discrimination.
In this backdrop, there is an urgent need for a powerful Left-democratic political intervention, to shape a united struggle for the ouster of the corrupt and anti-people UPA-II Government; expose and resist the communal and divisive agenda of the BJP-NDA; demand a reversal of the policies that are fuelling corruption, joblessness, and price rise; defend democracy and resist state repression and violence on women and dalits.
Towards strengthening the united intervention of Left and democratic forces of struggle at this juncture, a National Convention is being organized by the All India Left Coordination (AILC) on the theme ‘National Crisis and the Left and Democratic Agenda,’ on 30 September 2012, at Mavalankar Hall, New Delhi, 11 am – 6 pm.
We very much hope you can participate in the Convention, which will be addressed by leaders of Left parties, democratic movements and political currents.

All India Left Coordination
[CPI(ML) Liberation, CPM Punjab, Lal Nishan Party (Leninist), Left Coordination Committee (Kerala) and
Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxists (CPRM, Darjeeling)]    Contact:, Ph: 9560756628, 9868890346
About the AILC:
The All India Left Coordination (AILC) was formed in 2010 as a platform uniting struggling Left forces. Its current constituents are CPI(ML) Liberation, CPM Punjab, Lal Nishan Party (Leninist), Left Coordination Committee (Kerala) and Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxists (CPRM, Darjeeling). The AILC has conducted joint struggles on a range of issues, and has intervened together on many democratic questions. Some months ago, the AILC lost one of its prominent leaders, Comrade TP Chandrashekharan, who was brutally murdered in Kerala.
The AILC is committed to building a strong, united Left movement with people’s resistance and robust defence of democracy at its core.


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