Headley Testimony A Diversionary Tactic?

Can the deposition of David Coleman Headley – a.k.a. Dawood Gilani on the 26/11 in an Indian court sink major political careers and lead to arrests of enemy agents operating freely in India?  Are big names being shielded by generating a lot of “hot air” headlines?

Is the hard work of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval being short-changed again as it happened during and in the aftermath of the Pathankot terrorist attack?

Many vested interests have begun muttering that Headley has stated nothing new. Is that meant to reduce the value of the Doval’s valiant efforts in succeeding to get the United States of America agree to the questioning of Headley from Mumbai to expose Pakistan?

Headley is yelling his head off about the 2 earlier attempts in 2008 that involved him.

Actually, 26/11 was the second successful attempt to shame India and the fourth since 1993. If one counts what happened to India’s submarine Sindhurakshak – we had the fifth one as well.

Headley is being questioned only about 26/11. Legally that is correct. But is the plot being obfuscated using legalese abracadabra?

Pakistan, it would seem, fine-tuned the 1993 formula, readied a bunch of expendable terrorists and succeeded in identifying chinks in India’s seafront armour vide 26/11. As a result, Bharat’s financial capital Mumbai ground to painful, stunned halts – in 1993 and in 2008.

Are unseen political forces managing to stymie the exercise to realistically stem the rot called terrorism? Will the endeavour to force Pakistan to see reason and end terrorism triggered by the untiring efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi go waste?

One top politician whose career would be hurt badly could be Sharad Pawar, whose business interests are linked to a racketeer and 1993-serial-bomb-blast accused Rafique Malik Tejani, who heads a commercial organisation Metro Shoes. [a]

It could affect those of several others – Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, several Congress leaders and several others in the leading party at the centre’s ruling National Democratic Alliance disposition – one of them being Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Most of them are linked in concentric circles – all of which seem to have 2 denominators – corruption and treason.

The stink could expose the dubious connections of Mumbai Port Trust and its current CMD Parmar. [b]

The soft underbelly of India’s western coast’s defence could also stand exposed as the revelations could lead to the opening of a can of worms over the sinking of naval submarine Sindhurakshak. [c] Significantly, Headley has been quoted as revealing 2 earlier attempts jettisoned before 26/11. Headley wasn’t involved in the 1993 serial bomb-blasts in Bombay – that killed more persons.

The success of underworld don and global terrorist fugitive Dawood Ibrahim’s machinations to divide India on religious lines using terrorism as a tool emboldened his new host nation – Pakistan. Worse, the dramatis personae of 1993, Indian citizens, living in India then and now, are the ones who rendered 26/11 – from Pakistan’s point of view a – grand success.

The evidence leads providing answers to the above queries of today, along with a detailed complaint, was sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 March, to the Mumbai Police and also to the Central Bureau of Investigation! The endeavour resulted in an attempt to provide this author with pompous police protection through a local police station. The offer was turned down derisively. There are more informants in the police force who could rat on me to the likes of Dawood Ibrahim, an officer at the level of Joint Commissioner was informed in cold print. This was long before the comfortable, pre-arranged cocooning of the washed-up gangster Chota Rajan’s New Delhi based retirement plans! Rajan is staying in Delhi in a style believed to be comparable to 5-star hotel luxury – away from Mumbai – using the alibi of Dawood having a huge number of stoolie pigeons in Mumbai Police.

It would seem, India’s PM is dead serious about the safety of a patriotic journalist – poor old me. So perhaps, is the NSA Ajit Doval. Perhaps, someone very high up in the pecking order in the PMO has taken note of what I had said. Perhaps, that resulted in someone being asked to seriously view the evidence provided. Perhaps those – down the line – who stood to lose a lot of graft money from the underworld – tried to act smart – in vain. Nevertheless, these traitors’ flunkeys – the enemies within our borders – have, thus far, infamously succeeded in blunting the sharpness of the reaction of the highest echelons of power in India that is Bharat. The incessant instances of besmirching the honour of Mother Bharat by our dishonourable neighbour state – Pakistan – continues unabated.

Meanwhile, multinational company Google.com had disabled my Gmail account and thereby caused all the evidence provided in my blogs to vanish. The perfidy has entered the third week. Google continues to remain silent. Those who committed that treason are surely crowing at me.

What about the rest of the India’s bureaucracy in Mumbai and in Delhi that is twiddling its thumbs on vital evidence provided by me?

A section of India’s officialdom is busy dancing in the streets highlighting its so-called massive achievement of making Headley a.k.a. Gilani sing like a canary through a long-distance-video link 3 continents away – from an undisclosed US of A penitentiary.

But, is the methodology being adopted in the line of questioning leading everyone concerned from the vital side – inviting sneering jeers from Pakistan?

Is the whole heady Headley interrogation so designed that his sensational allegations finally amount to very little except diverting attention of the gullible public of India that is Bharat and thus lay waste the long, arduous work of PM Modi and NSA Doval?

I keep my fingers crossed.

[a]

The whole thing is linked to an Rs.2, 60, 00,000 crores scandal tied to the Mumbai’s Port Trust. Top 5 newspapers of Mumbai carried a fallacious report about the building now called Metro House.

The plinth area of Metro House on whose ground floor a beer-joint Café Mondegar is located, is 1457 square metres [a little over 5000 square feet]. Upon this plot, 4 floors totally measuring some 26,000 square feet have been erected. The rough per-square-foot price in the area is Rs.1, 00,000. The calculable commercial value of the building on that basis is Rs.2, 60, 00,000 crores!

Metro House is situated within a 1 km radius of the offices of the Maharashtra state’s Director General of Police, the 26/11 Pak Terrorism victim Taj Mahal Hotel and Leopold Cafe, the biggest Jewish shrine of worship in Mumbai, besides the State Legislative Assembly and Secretariat.

Café Mondegar – a beer joint – frequented by the rich young crowd – was about to be evicted on April 19 2015, reports believed to have been planted by a media racketeer masquerading as a journalist Saumit Sinh, said.

The originally planted news item dated April 17 2015:

http://mumbaiwalla.com/cafe-mondegar-faces-eviction-after-bpt-terminates-building-lease/

The Times of India had to eat humble pie by publishing this report on April 21 2015 – because its sister publication Mumbai Mirror had published a report on April 18 2015 saying Mondegar would be evicted.

Operative excerpts from the ‘humble-pie’ report published in The Times of India on April 21 2015:

Eviction proceeding against the iconic Metro house in Colaba that houses Cafe Mondegar, did not begin on Monday [April 20 2015].

[The above paragraph implied the eviction was scheduled for April 20 2015.]

Metro House, a lease holder of the property, and other tenants had received a notice for termination of lease agreement by Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) last November 2014 and respondents have reply within six months.

Indian Express dated April 18 2015 scored its own goal. Excerpts:

Cafe Mondegar, an iconic watering hole, now faces closure. The restaurant and pub is among the 23 tenants of the Metro House in Colaba which was issued a lease termination letter by Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) in November last year for violation of lease norms.

The occupants of the building, including Cafe Mondegar, were given time to vacate the property, and the deadline ends on Sunday, April 19.

The eviction notice, served on November 19, 2014, says that the lessee of the building, Metro House Pvt Ltd, has flouted every possible term of the lease, including multiple instances of illegal subletting and alterations, unauthorized constructions of mezzanine floors, lofts, installation of mobile towers, besides unpaid rent, service tax and interest. The MbPT has also slapped a compensation demand of Rs. 76,16,537 (including interest, service tax) which was supposed to be paid by the tenants within one month after they received the notice.

Mumbai Port Trust chairman Ravi Parmar said, “We have served a notice terminating the lease of Metro House. After the notice period expires on April 19, we will start eviction procedure.

Operative excerpts from a report in the Daily News and Analysis dated April 23 2015 – which formed the fig-leaf cover-up:

The Metro House Pvt Ltd, which houses the famous Cafe Mondegar, has been issued an eviction notice by the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT). The last day for response is slated as May 19.

Excerpts from paragraphs 7 and 8 of the notice issued by advocate Jadeja dated November 19 2014:

Under instructions from my client [Mumbai Port Trust] I call upon you to quit, vacate and hand over vacant, quiet and peaceful possession of the said plot on expiry of 6 months after the receipt of this notice by you [Metro House Private Ltd] after removal of buildings standing thereon.

After the expiry of the notice period, you will be unauthorised occupants.

Six months from November 19 2014 exactly means the so-called notice period was scheduled to end at 0001 hours, May 19 2015.

The Metro House Mystery

The building and the land on which it [Metro House] is constructed have belonged to the Board of Trustees of the Port of Bombay since 1873.

In the Small Causes Court – a matter is actually pending in a contorted manner. In one of its rulings, the Small Causes Court says:

“Admittedly, the plaintiffs [viz. Cafe Mondegar and a small roadside shop Shankar Book Stall locked in a legal dispute concerning a shop within the Metro House building] are tenants of the premises, Unit No. 2, 5 and 6 owned by Metro House Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai.”

The Maharashtra Rent Control Act 1999 declares in its own text at Section 3 that its provisions do not apply to a premises owned by the government or by a local authority and the Board of Trustees of the Port of Bombay is one such local authority.

Mumbai Port Trust’s lawyer has claimed ownership of his principals on the plot of land leased to Metro House since 1995.

Relevant excerpts from the notice issued to Metro House:

 My clients … [owners of the building located on] a plot of land bearing RR No. 2100 [Old RR No. 1312] the Trustees of the Port of Bombay had granted lease by registered lease deed dated 4-4-1995 admeasuring 1457 sq. mtrs … for a period of 30 years commencing from 1.03.1991 and expiring on 28.02.2021. My clients Trustees Resolution No. 39 of 1991, the board accords [sic] its sanction for grant of fresh lease in renewal of expired lease of the above premises in your [Metro House’s] favour.”

The notice speaks of renewal of an expired lease.

A copy of a sort of circular on the letter head of Khanbahadur Haji S. Meharbakhsh 1st Wakf-alal-Aulad about Aboobaker Mansion, 23-23B-25 Shahid Bhagatsingh Road, Colaba Causeway, Bombay 400 039 – bewilder every right thinking person who knows the basics of the law.

 The date of the circular is 2nd December 1986 and the signatories to the circular are (i) Shaikh Abdul Aziz Meherbaksh; (ii) Shaikh Abdul Haq Meherbaksh; and (iii) Amjad Aziz Meherbaksh; and the circular is addressed to All Tenants.

The address of the Wakf shown on the circular is 6-8 Veer Savarkar Marg, Mehar Manzil, Mahim, Bombay 400 016 and the Managing Mutwalli of the Wakf is identified at Mohamed Abubaker S. Meharbakhsh.

Its text:

We hereby intimate to you that by an irrevocable power of Attorney executed by us today appointed, constituted and nominated MALEK SULTAN ABDUL MALIK TEJANI and SHRI RAFIQUE ABDUL MALEK TEJANI as our attorneys to hold and manage overall affairs of our immovable property known as “ABOOBAKER” Mansion situated at 23-23B and 25 Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba Causeway, Bombay 400 039 with full powers and authority inclusive of recovering arrears and accruing rent/compensation and mesne profit from the Tenants/Occupiers of the property.

We have therefore to require you to pay the arrears and accruing future rent/compensation and mesne profit and all other charges to our said Attorneys and deal with them directly without any reference to us.

The Power of Attorney mentioned in the circular has strangely gone missing.

The lease to the Wakf had ended on 31st July 1986.

On 2nd December 1986, the Wakf and its Mutwallis had no claim of any sort on the building including any income derived from it.

In simple terms, Metro House was an illegal occupant claiming to be in possession of the building on the basis of a non-existent lease – which was renewed by the Mumbai Port Trust on 1-03-1991.

How can Mumbai Port Trust renew a NONEXISTENT lease?

The owners of Metro House are directly linked to the 1993 Mumbai bombings and the multi-thousand crore rupee Cobbler Scandal.

Metro House’s sinister sides

One of so-called subtenants of Metro House – Cafe Mondegar – reportedly was one of the sites of the 26/11 planning done by David Coleman Headley 

  • The owners of Metro House destroyed the career of an honest income tax official and hounded him for 12 long years.
  • Rafique Malik [a.k.a. Rafik] with the family name Tejani has sinister political connections that touch the 1993 Mumbai bomb-blasts, city-based criminals linked to Dawood Ibrahim who are all in turn linked to powerful politicians – like Sharad Pawar. Excerpts from an article published by me August 12 2014:

Link:

[By blocking my Gmail account, Google has blocked this blog and hence helped the enemies of India.]

The main heads Daya of Dawood Shoes, Rafique Tejani of Metro Shoes and Kishore Signapurkar of Milano Shoes created fictitious cooperative societies for cobblers. On behalf of these non-existing cooperative societies they availed loans of crores of rupees from different banks. The primary accused in the multi-crore shoe scam is Sohin Daya, son of former Sheriff of Mumbai.

The people involved in this racket were Saddrudin Daya, former sheriff of Mumbai and owner of Dawood Shoes, Rafique Tejani, owner of Metro Shoes, Kishore Signapurkar, proprietor of Milano Shoes, and Abu Asim Azmi, president of Samajwadi Party’s Mumbai unit and partner in Citywalk Shoes.

The Banks whose officials were involved in this scam are: Maharashtra State Finance Corporation, Citibank, Bank of Oman, Dena Bank, Development Credit Bank, Saraswat Co-operative Bank, and Bank of Bahrain & Kuwait. Evidence:

Excerpts from a Times of India report dated October 25 1996 P7 under the heading Shoe scam accused aided in the city’s1993 serial bomb blasts:

“During the arguments in the case, Public Prosecutor VT Tulpule contended that a confidential report from the Intelligence Bureau hinted that the accused persons [comprising Rafik Malik of Metro Shoes, Kishore Signapurkar of Milano Shoes, who owned shops in Karachi and Singapore] had used a portion of the money to fund the serial bomb blasts that rocked the metropolis on March 12 1993.

[Emphasis added].

Excerpts from a Times of India [Bombay Times] report dated October 30 1996 under the heading:

IT officer who raided Dawood Shoes falsely implicated. “Exactly 12 years after [income tax department assistant director] Manoj Mishra first exposed tax evasions [by Dawood and Metro Shoes] Mumbai Police has now begun unearthing the skeletons of the multi-crore fraud … known as the Cobbler Scam.”

“Justice VH Bhairavia of the Mumbai High Court …[observed in his judgement thus]: It is clear that the complainant [Sadruddin Daya] who was designated for some time as the Sheriff of Greater Bombay … has gone to the extent of creating a false case against innocent officers such as the appellant [Mishra].” “Mishra had been raided by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Daya had [claimed to have] handed over Rs. 2.5 lakh to the officer [Mishra].”

“Mishra had been suspended and convicted to rigorous imprisonment for 3 years and a fine of R.50,000 was imposed on him.” “The verdict came in August 1995 [12 years after his conviction]. “Mishra’s lawyers argued that over Rs.2.5 crores were due from Daya.” Among the political links being investigated is that of former Maharashtra chief minister, Sharad Pawar.

Excerpts from an Outlook India report:

Link: http://m.outlookindia.com/story.aspx/?sid=4&aid=202844

Investigations have revealed Tejani to be a director of the Rs. 500-crore Dynamix Dairy Products Private Ltd in which Pawar is believed to have a stake through the holdings of family members.

According to sources, the sole milk supplier to Dynamix, the Baramati Milk Cooperative, is controlled by Pawar. Sources hint that a good amount of the money from the shoe scam may have been diverted to Dynamix. However, the Pawar link still remains tenuous. It was at this time this time that Sushil Kumar Shinde, chief of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), floated the Chakrayu society which flouted every rule in the book.

According to the Accountant General’s report, member contribution [from cobblers] to the Rs 133-lakh Chakrayu project was just Rs 4.75 lakh. Of this, Rs 4.25 lakh was contributed by 200 members who were shown as “people of repute”.

They included Kripa Shankar, vice-president, MPCC and Ramdas Phutane, a Congress MLC, among others. In 1992, Shinde, then state finance minister, got the government to sanction Rs 44.5 lakh for the society in three instalments. In a further flouting of rules, Shinde got the Maharashtra State Finance Corporation to sanction Rs 60 lakh. T

he Congress involvement has given enough ammunition to the BJP and the Shiv Sena against the previous regime, although both parties cannot deny the involvement of some of their own members. Pawar and his party-men are being accused of turning a blind eye to the looting of public money. Points out Kirit Somaiya, MLA and Mumbai city President of the BJP: “The previous government cannot be absolved of the responsibility of letting such activity flourish for over 10 years.”

Maharuk Keravala, a friend of Tejani’s wife and a prime suspect in the scam, has alleged that she, along with BJP MLA Sadashiv Lokhande and others, approached Munde to help them out. Munde obliged by raising the sales tax exemption limit to Rs 50 lakh and doing away with the need for societies to get a certification from the Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC) … grossly violating the 1987 KVIC rules [that said] only societies located in villages were entitled to benefits from it. By doing away with the need for certification, Munde made it possible for cooperatives located in Mumbai to enjoy the benefits of KVIC subsidies.

Wikipedia suggests that Sharad Pawar has other questionable links:

In 2002–03, the then Maharashtra Chief Minister Sudhakarrao made a statement that the state leader of Indian National Congress party and erstwhile Chief Minister Sharad Pawar, had asked him to “go easy on Pappu Kalani”, a well-known criminal-turned-politician now.

Sudhakarrao also alleged that it was possible that Kalani and Hitendra Thakur, another criminal-turned-politician from Virar, had been given tickets to contest election for Maharashtra State Legislature at the behest of Sharad Pawar who also put in a word for Naik with the police when the latter was arrested for his role in post-Babri Masjid Demolition riots in Mumbai.

Sharad Pawar is also alleged to have close links with the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim through Ibrahim’s henchman Lakhan Singh based in the Middle East and close relationship with Shahid Balwa, also a suspect in the 2G spectrum scam.

These allegations were strengthened by the revelation about Balwa’s business partner, Vinod Goenka’s controversial commercial project in Yerawada, Pune, being constructed on the same survey number as Pawar’s family friend, Atul Chordia, had constructed the Panchshil Tech Park.

[BJP leader of opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly – currently the number two in Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s cabinet Eknath Ganpatrao] Khadse [had] alleged that it was Balwa who had applied for environmental clearance for the two projects, a charge that Chordia refuted.

Coincidentally, Chordia’s Panchshil Private Ltd has Pawar’s daughter, Supriya Sule, and her husband Sadanand as investors. The state government’s decision to hand over a 3-acre plot of the Yerawada police station for “re-development” to Balwa’s construction was retracted following Balwa’s arrest. Sharad Pawar was also named as a beneficiary in stamp paper scam by a convicted Indian criminal, Abdul Karim Telgi, during a narco-analysis test Wikipedia cited a link from the magazine Outlook.

Link:

http://m.outlookindia.com/story.aspx/?sid=4&aid=202844

Café Mondegar is run by the Rusi Yezdegardi clan since the 1930’s.

A member of the Yezdegardi family sought to evict a Shankar Bookstall located on its periphery since 1952 by filing a case in the Court of Small Causes at Bombay vide a suit filed under the Maharashtra Rent Control Act 1999.

The plaint cited Metro House Private Limited as the owners of the building to whom the café pay pays to a monthly rent of Rs. 14,761.65 which includes Rs. 7,909.36 earmarked for ground rent levied by the Board of the Mumbai Port Trust.

The Trial Court chose to dismiss the suit. It, however, stated in its ruling, “Admittedly, both the plaintiffs are tenant of the premises i.e., Unit No. 2, 5 and 6 owned by Metro House Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai.”

Owner?

The lease to the Wakf came to be determined ipso facto on 31st July 1986.

A document produced in Court No. 14 of the Court of Small Causes at Bombay purports to be a lease executed on 4th April 1995 by the Board of Trustees of the Port of Bombay with Messrs Metro House Private Limited.

Who was in possession as the lease-owner or the de facto controller of the property between 1st August 1986 and 1st March 1991?

Who collected rent and other dues and where did that collected money go?

On two of its floors – lodging houses are being run – from where – a few Nigerian drug and weapons’ smugglers reportedly operated between India and Thailand. A few of them are in a prison in Bangkok.

Is Mumbai Port Trust, on which the so-called Metro House or Abubaker Mansion – the older name stands – a party to a drug and gun smuggling racket?

A copy of a sort of circular on the letter head of Khanbahadur Haji S. Meharbakhsh 1st Wakf-alal-Aulad about Aboobaker Mansion, 23-23B-25 Shahid Bhagatsingh Road, Colaba Causeway, Bombay 400 039 – bewilderingly foxes everyone.

The date of the circular is 2nd December 1986 and the signatories to the circular are (i) Shaikh Abdul Aziz Meherbaksh; (ii) Shaikh Abdul Haq Meherbaksh; and (iii) Amjad Aziz Meherbaksh; and the circular is addressed to All Tenants.

The address of the Wakf shown on the circular is 6-8 Veer Savarkar Marg, Mehar Manzil, Mahim, Bombay 400 016 and the Managing Mutwalli of the Wakf is identified at Mohamed Abubaker S. Meharbakhsh.

On 2nd December 1986, the Wakf and its Mutwallis had no claim of any sort on the building including any income derived from it.

How could someone ‘lease’ a government owned property without being in possession of any rights to do so?

How could the lessee claim to be the owner?

How could an autonomous body of the Government of India allow the subleasing of its real estate to someone who claims to be the recipient of a lease from a lessor who has no rights to do so without the written permission of the real owners of the property – Mumbai Port Trust?

The Board of Mumbai Port Trust is the owner of these premises since 1873.

What is the significance of the year 1991?

Some indications

A series of 13 coordinated bomb explosions carried out at the behest of international terrorist fugitive Dawood Ibrahim shook Bombay [renamed Mumbai later] on 12 March 1993, the first of its kind resulting 257 fatalities and 717 injuries.

The bombs were planted by his henchmen Tiger and Yakub – whose second name is Memon – the sect to which Dawood himself belongs to.

On the basis of India’s Apex court ruling, the Maharashtra state government executed Yakub Memon, on 30 July 2015.

Harvard educated Metro House boss Tejani was arrested in the 1993 serial bomb-blast case as one of the persons who funded the blasts.

The prosecution opposed his bail.

Excerpts from a Times of India report dated October 25 1996 P7 under the heading Shoe scam accused aided in the city’s1993 serial bomb blasts:

“During the arguments in the case, Public Prosecutor VT Tulpule contended that a confidential report from the Intelligence Bureau hinted that the accused persons [comprising Rafik Malik of Metro Shoes, Kishore Signapurkar of Milano Shoes, who owned shops in Karachi and Singapore] had used a portion of the money to fund the serial bomb blasts that rocked the metropolis on March 12 1993.

To obtain bail, a series of forged documents were reportedly created. One of them was the deal with the Mumbai Port Trust caretaker deed signed in 1995. The deed claimed that it had granted possession to Tejani in 1991, on the basis of an existing lease signed way back in 1986!

Those who pleaded in court for Tejani’s bail told the judge thus: The accused is a respectable person in whom the Government of India has placed its trust by making him the caretaker of the Mumbai Port Trust’s high value properties – viz. a building named Abu Baker Mansion since 1991!

The man who regained his position as CM of Maharashtra after the blasts was – Sharad Pawar.

Operative excerpts from an article penned by Sanjeev Nayar in the website firstpost.com in 2015:

Prime Minister Narasimha Rao watched the situation unfold but was probably too busy warding off Pawar who wanted to become PM.

The Sunday Observer wrote this on 10 January 1993 quoting the then AICC general secretary, Janardhan Poojary said: “Some disgruntled elements within the Congress’ were fanning communal violence in order to seek removal of CM Naik”.

It was in this context that the Mumbai blasts took place in March 1993.

Rao used the blasts to send Sharad Pawar back to Maharashtra as CM – and saviour. The situation in Mumbai quickly returned to where it was prior to his departure in June1991.

The demolition of illegal structures in Mumbai and the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, and Congress infighting, played a role in making the riots worse than they should have been.

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There are other sinister angles which involves the decision maker Parmar, CMD of the Mumbai Port Trust and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

A dubious chronology of events:

June 27 2014

 State-run Mumbai Port Trust has proposed an ambitious real estate development plan for its 1,800 acres of land as a way to revive the fortunes of the 142-year-old ailing port.

Speaking at the 142nd foundation day of Mumbai Port, shipping minister Nitin Gadkari said that a committee has been set up under Rani Jadhav, a former chairperson of the Mumbai Port Trust, to suggest ways to monetize its nearly 1,800 acres.

“We have asked the panel to submit its report in next three months. Following that, we will be appointing international property consultants,” Gadkari said, adding that the land will not be handed over to private builders. The estimated value of port trust’s estate is Rs.75, 000 crore, the minister said.

Upon receiving the Jadhav committee report, the government will float an international bidding and award the development project on a BOT (build, operate, transfer) basis, he said.

Link:

http://www.livemint.com/Politics/3E1EpXsDEon8gWA3JfD3cL/Mumbai-port-proposes-real-estate-plan.html

On July 4 2014, the head of Mumbai Port Trust Land Development Committee – Rani A Jadhav [IAS retired] wrote the following:

Government of India, Ministry of Shipping has constituted a Committee for preparing a road map of the development of Port Trust’s waterfront and port lands.

The Committee is mandated to develop a vision for the development of the eastern waterfront and western waterfront in the jurisdiction of MbPT taking into account the need and concerns of the Port as also the need of Mumbai City and its overall development consisting of providing alternative modes of public transportation and promotion of tourism and recreational facilities.

The surplus land and waterfront areas of the Port are envisaged to be used for this purpose.

The Committee has decided to invite suggestions from the members of public and their organizations in regard to this which may be sent latest by 28-07-2014.

Suggestions along with relevant documents, drawings etc. if available may be sent … before 28-07-2014.

I had written about this.

The link:

http://tsvhari.blogspot.in/2014/06/a-multi-million-crore-rupee-fraud-in.html

It was published on June 15 2014.

[By blocking my Gmail account, Google has blocked this blog and hence helped the enemies of India.]

Excerpts:

Was the Nitin Gadkari bugging saga due to the fat politician’s ambition to become Maharashtra’s CM – and the whole thing being financed by the development of the Mumbai sea-front with a purse of Rs.75, 000 crores?

The bugging exercise surely cost several dozen crores of rupees.

The charge of bugging Gadkari was laid at the door of the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] of the United States of America – seconded by America’s biggest apologist in India – Dr Swamy.

The allegation has been forgotten.

Were the Americans blamed sans any evidence?

Why would the Americans bug a politician in India not powerful enough to capture power in his home state?

Did the bugging story surface get some dirty tricks performed to keep Devendra Fadnavis during the power struggle to form the government in Maharashtra?

Gadkari has known links to Pawar.

Was the plot hatched by the duo?

Will revelations by Headley result in the can of worms to expose shady political connections?

I had indicated as much in one of my earlier blogs.

Link:

http://tsvhari.blogspot.in/2014/06/a-multi-million-crore-rupee-fraud-in.html

[By blocking my Gmail account, Google has blocked this blog and hence helped the enemies of India.]

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And then there is the danger to Mumbai from the sea.

The sinking of Mumbai’s naval submarine guard-ship Sindhurakshak that had been within an area whose neighbourhood flanks are under the general control of Mumbai Port Trust.

Operative excerpts from a Wikipedia dossier:

On 14 August 2013, the Sindhurakshak sank after explosions caused by a fire on board when the submarine was berthed at Mumbai. The submarine sank and was partially submerged in 15 metres deep water at its berth, with only a portion of the sail visible above the water surface.

Sources state that a small explosion occurred around midnight which then triggered the two larger explosions.

A Board of Inquiry, set up by the navy, was expected to present a report on the cause of the disaster by mid-September 2013.

On August 22 2013, in Parliament, India’s Defence Minister A.K. Antony went on record saying he did not rule out sabotage in the sinking of Sindhurakshak, a report in Zee News said.

Defence Minister AK Antony did not rule out the sabotage angle in the Navy submarine [Sindhurakshak] accident.

Antony also told that there was no insurance for warships and submarines.

Hailing Antony, Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad said that he appreciated the defence minister’s “honest confession that the submarine tragedy has affected our credibility”.

The submarine, with 18 naval personnel aboard, was rocked by a fire in the intervening night of August 13-14 at the naval dockyard in Mumbai. Antony had visited Mumbai on August 14 to obtain a first-hand account of the situation.

Preliminary investigations into the sinking of INS Sindhurakshak had revealed that the “near-simultaneous” explosions that preceded a fire which engulfed the submarine were caused by the possible ignition of its armaments, Antony had said earlier this week.

Sabotage is one of the six possible reasons for the sinking of kilo-class submarine INS Sindhurakshak in August 2013, a preliminary report of the board of inquiry (BoI) has held, a report in The Hindu said on April 2014.

Post script:

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The proof updated till February 9 2016.

India

550

United States

97

United Kingdom

36

Australia

16

United Arab Emirates

16

Singapore

13

France

6

Oman

5

Canada

5

Taiwan

4

Germany

4

South Africa

3

Norway

3

Japan

2

Switzerland

2

Malaysia

1

Ireland

1

Hong Kong SAR China

1

Timor-Leste

1

Indonesia

1

Thailand

1

New Zealand

1

Saudi Arabia

1

Nigeria

1

Qatar

1

Sweden

1

Poland

1

Greece

1

Kuwait

1

Pakistan

1

Israel

1

Italy

1

Philippines

1

Martinique

1

Netherlands

1

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Author: haritsv

42 years' unblemished record of being an investigative journalist. Print quality journalist in 3 languages - English, Tamil, Hindi. Widely travelled, worldwide. Cantankerous and completely honest.

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