Another KIADB land scam with Yeddy link surfaces

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

Former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has been embroiled in yet another scam and this time, he along with Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani are accused of forging the signature of an industrialist to grab 26 acres of land.

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

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 realising 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 de-notification of land and sanctioning compensation to fake recipients.

Loss multiplied?
The whole global investors meet is an eye wash 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 economical 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 KIADB for getting possession of the land and for further formalities, the officials informed him that the land allotment has been cancelled. Upon verification Pasha found that the land was cancelled 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 decision was taken in January 20, which is a week before the letter reached the committee, Pasha said. When Pasha contacted the KIADB seeking details, the officials 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.

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