Rs.20 lakh crores from granite loot applied in TN’s ongoing political mischief?

Where is the illegal cash stash of Rs.20 lakh crores plus [US$290 billion] looted from the people of Tamil Nadu through the granite export scandal hidden?

Are most state and central government agencies brazenly lying and covering up the massive – open robbery? Are they reporting less than chick-feed in this instance of sheer buccaneering?

The answer to the above queries – is in a single word – YES!

Simply put, some Rs.20 lakh crores are out there – robbed from the people of Tamil Nadu – readily available and in forms conducive for conspiring to shamefully indulge in political mischief. Incidentally, the money – exists either in hard currency or in different forms of camouflage in India and/or abroad. Sadly, it is not in the crisp new freshly printed Rs.2000 cash variety.

The trillion dollar question: How much of it is being used through the “good offices” of granite brigand PR Palanisamy? He belongs to the same community as the political upstart Sasikala Natarajan. His connections snake into the living rooms of ruling AIADMK and the main opposition DMK bigwigs!

According to a press statement issued by the Enforcement Directorate on December 23 2016, property worth Rs.44 crores – in connection with the money laundering probe in the Madurai Granite Scam was attached, bringing the total amount to Rs.572 crores. This money was seized from “business associates” of PRP!

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The scandal is worth in excess of Rs.20 lakh crores. And that is an understatement!

In June 2016, from the highest level of the Madras High Court, a fiat was issued to the state government, demanding the submission of a “composite report” on the granite scandal – whose value was pegged at Rs.1.1 lakh crores by the U Sagayam Commission.

Popular Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan had published the gist of this scandal. Operative excerpts:

Madurai District Collector Sagayam initially estimated that the illegal granite quarrying was worth Rs.16,000 crores. He sent a report to the state government. Instead of taking action on the report, Jayalalithaa turned against the officer and transferred him. The Madras High Court appointed Sagayam to look into the illegal granite quarrying. But, the Jayalalithaa government did nothing to implement the order. Instead of taking strict action against those involved in the act, the government is creating roadblocks to stall the investigations. 

A MUST READ BLOG TO UNDERSTAND TAMIL NADU POLITICS: https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/will-tamil-nadu-become-hell-by-hailing-step-mother-sasikalas-leadership-of-aiadmk/

The courts have indicated that they are serious about it. But, as Vikatan pointed out, Tamil Nadu’s officialdom isn’t.

Operative excerpts from a recent report in The Times of India:

The first bench of Madras High Court comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan said the court had three options available before it. One, it could direct the CBI to take over the investigation as sought by a public interest litigation. Two, it could ask Tamil Nadu government’s Crime Branch- Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) to conduct a probe. Three, the existing probe could be continued.

A decision on the matter will be taken once the state government gives a composite picture of the issue, the Bench said.

The case relates to indiscriminate granite mining in Madurai district, causing mountains to disappear in the region.

The government had ordered a probe, even as the high court entertained a Public Interest Litigation. It appointed Sagayam as a court commissioner to probe further and file a report. The officer prepared an exhaustive dossier and arrived at a figure of Rs 1.1 lakh crore as loss the actual loss to the government.

Advocate-general of Tamil Nadu AL Somayaji said the government had sought reports and inputs from various departments vis-à-vis the scam report compiled by Sagayam.

Did anyone question Somayaji as to why the report is yet to be submitted as the above matter was last heard in June 2016?

The answer is NO.

The list of accused – if the matter is ever excavated fully – could include a galaxy of VVIPs comprising former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, his grandson through ex-Union Minister MK Alagiri, serving and retired Director Generals of Police…to name just a few. 

It would also encompass the hushing up of a triple-murder case!

Estranged from his father and DMK boss, Alagiri continues to be in political wilderness.

In 2014, the Supreme Court ordered the acquittal of 4 persons charged with a triple murder and asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe its various aspects. It has to do with the triple murder of Dr Saravanan, his wife and servant maid. This man had institutionalised corruption and money laundering in the granite trade. 

Link: http://tsvhari.com/template_article.asp?id=453

The matter continues to gather dust 8 years after his painful death!

Operative excerpts from the relevant 2014 report:

The Supreme Court upheld the verdict of the Madras high court for a CBI inquiry into the murder of former Tamil Nadu Minerals Corporation (TAMIN) chairman S Saravanan, his wife and their maid in November 2008.

A two-member bench, comprising Justice J Chelameswar and Justice A K Sikri confirmed the Madras High Court’s order for reinvestigation by the CBI.

The judges also asked the CBI to investigate the matter afresh by questioning people other than those already examined.

The Madras high court on October 4, 2013, set aside the trial court order convicting four people for the triple murder and ordered their release on conditional bail.

Earlier, a fast-track court had sentenced the four accused to life imprisonment.

TAMIN former managing director S Saravanan, 74, his wife Kasthuri, 71 and maid Anbarasi, 18, were found murdered in their house on 18th Avenue, Ashok Nagar on November 19, 2008.

The murders sent shock waves across the city, and police remained clueless till April 13, 2010, when they arrested cab drivers Mohammed Yasin, 24, S Udhaya Kumar, 23, and N Mohandoss, 43, and Mohandoss’ wife M Sathyabama, 34.

On October 22, 2010, fast-track court judge G Savithri found all of them guilty of murder and sentenced them to life imprisonment. The prime accused, taxi driver Sathish Kumar, 24, committed suicide a few days before the others were nabbed.

The CBI has done a fat lot of nothing in this matter!

The latest piece of cover-up:

According to a press statement issued by the Enforcement Directorate on December 23 2016, property worth Rs.44 crores – in connection with the money laundering probe in the Madurai Granite Scam was attached, bringing the total amount to Rs.572 crores.

A few companies linked to one PRP Granites were named. When compared to the extent of the loot, this amount is piffle.

Operative excerpts:

The Enforcement Directorate  issued a fresh attachment order worth Rs 44 crore in connection with its money laundering probe in the Madurai granite scam case in Tamil Nadu. The agency, in a statement, said it has “provisionally attached” properties worth Rs 44 crores of Ms Aiswariya Rock Exports Madurai and others under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The agency had similarly attached assets worth Rs 528 crore in the same probe case few days back. It booked a criminal case of money laundering in the latest case against two people and their firms after taking cognisance of three police FIRs.

The granite scam came to the fore after the then District Collector U Sagayam in a report in May 2012 pegged the loss to the exchequer due to illegal granite quarrying in the district at about Rs 16,000 crore.

The cover-up has been underway for a several months. It reportedly involved sections of the judiciary and the bureaucracy, reported the popular website thenewsminute.com in April 2016.

Madras High Court’s Madurai Bench proposed contempt proceedings against Melur Judicial Magistrate K.V. Mahendra Boopathy after “smelling a rat” in the way he handled illegal granite quarry cases, the judicial officer acquitted PRP Granites, a leading mining company, and another firm, but ordered criminal prosecution against former Madurai Collector Anshul Mishra and two Special Public Prosecutors for “suppressing facts.”

Boopathy was suspended in April 2016.

Link: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Madras-high-court-suspends-Melur-judicial-magistrate/articleshow/51645950.cms So how is this scandal being so systematically covered up?

The key accused are posted to vital positions from where meaningful probes can be stymied.

Anshul Mishra, who misled the court thanks to the obvious active connivance of Boopathy is sitting in New Delhi as the Private Secretary to the Minister of State of Finance, a seat from where the wings of various wings of Enforcement Directorate and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence – the very agencies that are meant to probe the scandal can be, and, obviously are, being allegedly clipped!

The state police – supposed to investigate the scandal is tight-lipped about the whole thing.

Some indications:

Su Arunachalam, Joint Director CBI [south] was to supposed to reopen the triple murder probe. But, he had said that he could not do so, as the state government’s police force had preferred an appeal against the High Court verdict in the Apex Court.

That was in 2013.

Since then, the CBI is twiddling its thumbs in this matter. It is no wonder – as Arunachalam belongs to the TN cadre and would like to revert back to state service! The relevant press report published in The Hindu [http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/denied-extension-cbi-officer-to-rejoin-parent-cadre/article8177094.ece] dated February 1 2016 reveals the secret!

One of the acquaintances of this scribe, Balakrishnan, IPS was the superintendent of police in Madurai when PR Palanisamy was arrested. Also known as ‘Balky’ to friends, he is currently, Deputy Commissioner, Mylapore, in south Chennai. His area of jurisdiction covers one of the residences of Karunanidhi.

I was flown to Madurai – to help prepare the initial remand report in August 2012.

“The scandal is worth Rs.17,000 crores, I believe,” Balky had said. I had refuted it and pointed out that it could be in excess of Rs.20 lakh crores.

“That is a far-fetched figure and unbelievable,” Balky had retorted. 

I orally explained how the crimes were committed. 

Thereupon, Additional Superintendent of Police Mayil Vaganan opined that if the allegation was true, getting the evidence was impossible.

I enjoyed providing the police with the evidence within the next few minutes – most of which were available on the internet! A phalanx of cops- nearly 40 of them was – to put it very, very mildly, flummoxed.

“You have opened our eyes to a huge scandal. We will keep in regular touch in this case. You must help us nail the guilty,” Balky said before I flew back to Chennai.

Balky stopped taking my calls from then on till he handled the case.

One of the persons involved in the granite scandal is Durai Dayanidhi [a.k.a. DD], son of MK Alagiri. He was never arrested. Police pretended to raid his offices.

DD got bail, soon afterwards.

Operative excerpts from a report published in December 2012:

After being on the run for four months in an alleged illegal granite quarrying scam, Union Minister M K Alagiri’s son Durai Dayanidhi surrendered before a court at nearby Melur, four days after he was granted anticipatory bail by the High Court.

Accompanied by a battery of advocates and DMK workers, he paid a personal security of Rs 10,000, while two persons stood as personal surety, at the court of Judicial Magistrate Jaykumar.

The court directed him to appear daily from tomorrow until further orders before Keezhavalavur Police station near Melur, which had registered cases against him under various IPC sections, including 120(b) (criminal conspiracy), 447 (criminal trespass) and 420 (cheating), for allegedly quarrying illegally on government land.

Dayanidhi and 14 others got bail in the multi-crore granite quarrying scam, in which owners of various granite firms, including Olympus Granites in which he is a partner, had been named as accused.

Before long, DD was almost free as air, indicated a report published in The Hindu in April 2013.

The case against the granite robbers did not move an inch during the rest of the tenure of Balky till he was transferred to Chennai in February 2014.

Balky has earned his collar ribbons and is scheduled to be elevated to the post of Deputy Inspector General of Police in January 2017.

During recent personal interactions with Balky, the granite subject came up.

“Since transfer from Madurai, I have not even looked at the case. We officers are clear of one thing. Once a transfer becomes effective, the old cases are meant to be handled only by the successor,” Balky said.

To jog one’s memory, here is the relevant paragraph concerning the granite scandal – the ruling by the Madras High Court in June 2016:

The first bench of Madras High Court comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan said the court had three options available before it. One, it could direct the CBI to take over the investigation as sought by a public interest litigation. Two, it could ask Tamil Nadu government’s Crime Branch- Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) to conduct a probe. Three, the existing probe could be continued.

Obviously, regardless of which agency is finally asked to investigate, nothing may come of it.

Senior police officers in Tamil Nadu are unique.

Here are a few names with inbuilt links to explain their ingenuity:

K Ramanujam, former DGP

Letika Saran former DGP

Jugal Kishore Tripathy, currently serving officer in the rank of Additional Director General of Police

Opinion is divided about Tripathy. Journalists who fawn upon him call him Jalad [speedy]. Some not so charitably disposed, alter that spelling and term him Jallaad [hangman]. There are others who corrupt his name and term him ‘Saripathy’ [50%].

Periaiah, serving Inspector General of Police

Simply put, some Rs.20 lakh crores are out there – robbed from the people of Tamil Nadu – stashed and in conditions conducive for political mischief.

The trillion dollar question: How much of it is being used through the good offices of PRP whose connections snake into the living rooms of ruling AIADMK and the main opposition DMK bigwigs?

Tailpiece:

Recently, I was staying in a lodge in Teynampet, Chennai. I needed medical attention due to a leg injury. So, I pleaded for some time for paying the bills to the lodge.

Balky phoned DCP Saravanan of T’ Nagar, who in turn asked inspector Giri of Teynampet PS to ask the lodge owners – who run a restaurant and inn under the name and style of RSN to ‘help the elderly journalist out.’

A 3-day delay happened due to the vagaries of health. The journalist had left his luggage behind.

The lodge owners managed to register a complaint in Teynampet PS. Under the orders and knowledge of the same Giri, the luggage was ‘seized’. The lodge owner – one Kumaravel – threatened to detain this scribe, get him [poor old me] arrested and so on – by phone. When the scribe turned up to pay the dues, despite his ‘busy schedule’ Giri turned up, spent an hour in the lodge and asked Kumaravel some 7 times – you have a video recording of the seizure? Is everything being returned properly?

Kumaravel answered in the affirmative.

“We had to take preventive action against you, Mr. Hari, as we did not want something untoward to happen,” Giri said.

“You must have registered a case, maintained a case diary and recorded the seizure. You knew who I was and I am. What danger did I pose? And hence, what was the preventive action all about? Did I commit a crime?”

Giri had no answers to my questions. He simply walked away!

Since 2010, this scribe has been suffering at the hands of the same TN police. And which were the most important stations involved? Well, they are: Teynampet and Mylapore!

Why would anyone want to be a journalist in India and especially in Tamil Nadu?

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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