Divine Intervention – 3 [part II]

The story so far:

Nungambakkam, part of Chennai’s central region witnessed the brutal murder of a young techie – Swathi – in June 2016.

As her killer Ram Kumar too died under mysterious circumstances, the reasons for her killing remain a diabolic mystery.

The short story below is an endeavour to investigate the possibilities that could have led to the killing of Swathi.

Part one of this longish short story was published earlier.

It can be accessed here.

Young Veerabahu was set to arrive in the Nungambakkam railway station platform some 10 minutes later.

I surveyed the scene.

The evening crowd was milling around close to the point where the foot over-bridge touched the ground.

A sizeable number of the passengers were students from the nearby Loyola College – believed to be the best in India – where freedom of thought was/is as important as breathing. Some of them had participated in an ongoing survey to discern the mood of the people – as fresh elections to the assembly were round the corner. Political instability post December 5 2016 – the day Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was declared dead – had led to it.

I listened to the chatter.

A few months ago, reports alleged that the Tamil Nadu Government was functioning as per the diktat of Sasikala Natarajan, currently ensconced in Parapana Agrahara Central Prison in Bangalore’s outskirts as a convict. Politicians love to say that always law is allowed to take its course. India’s Supreme Court is of a clear mind in such a situation. “Corruption is not only a punishable offence but also undermines human rights, indirectly violating them, and systematic corruption, is a human rights’ violation in itself, as it leads to systematic economic crimes,” it said. Sasikala was punished for offences under sections 13[1][e] and 13[2] of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 read with 120B [conspiracy] and 109 [abetment] of the Indian Penal Code. Rather strangely, none from any political party in Tamil Nadu had approached the courts to sack the regime that took orders from a convicted prisoner then and there on the principle of breakdown of the constitution. Any person in custody would be disqualified from holding any government job. A convict’s fate was even clearer. By publicly admitting that a female jail bird was flinging yolk from her steel nest in another state, a senior member of the cabinet had violated tenets of the constitution,” a girl with a sharp nose and bold voice said.

“There was worse. By itself, the ‘election’ of Sasikala as the general secretary of the ‘ruling’ All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam is ultra vires of its own constitution. The so-called election was patently illegal if one goes by the constitution of that party. AIADMK by-laws available in the Election Commission’s website state that the party general secretary can only be declared elected by the political unit’s representatives from all the states – including those from Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh plus the Andaman and Nicobar Islands during a specially convened General Council to ‘elect’ a ‘proper’ candidate who ought to have been an uninterrupted member for 5 years. Such an event never happened. It was this so-called election that caused Sasikala’s ‘empowerment’ to be ‘elected’ as the leader of the AIADMK legislature party. So, that was an illegal act in itself. It was the cause for the then CM O Panneerselvam to resign and make way for Sasikala – which also is legally non est. To ram all these unsavoury events down the throats of the people of Tamil Nadu, the Sasikala group had cocooned a majority of the MLAs in a beach resort, allegedly wined, dined and ‘entertained otherwise’ with dancing women. Reports said that all of them were recipients of several million rupees in cash, gold and a lot more. This captive legislators’ crowd had ensured that Chief Minister E Palanisamy survived the trust vote on the floors of the assembly vide violent harangue in February 2017. Since Sasikala’s original sin – in itself was unpardonable – the shameful aftermath could not have the luxury of hiding behind a legal fig leaf of having passed muster in the assembly. Every so called political event after the December 5 2016 demise of Jayalalithaa could be termed illegal,” a Kurta clad young man chimed in.

“The inner contradictions were too much to bear. Now, the AIADMK has ceased to exist as a party. The ‘twin-leaf’ symbol and the name AIADMK were frozen initially on account of the RK Nagar by elections. After the various groups of the AIADMK ended up shaming themselves through the results, the party has little chances of reviving itself. On the flip side, the DMK’s existence is on the basis of hate AIADMK slogan – that keeps its voters interested. Sooner or later the DMK would suffer the same chagrin as the AIADMK. The reasons are simple. There are one too many claimants for the ill-gotten wealth of the party’s leadership mainstays – comprising the members of its leader Karunanidhi’s family. Surveys conducted in the length and breadth of Tamil Nadu revealed that the people want a change … a change for the better from the self-centred politicians for whom only grabbing cash was the only vocational and ‘vacational’ theme. And that would inevitably end in the decimation of regionalism that began in southern India through the separatist Dravidar Kazhagam [DK] and its so-called political offshoot – the DMK,” a somewhat senior student added.

I smiled. The young ladies and gentlemen were on the right track.

At that moment an express train whizzed past on track three moving at 85 km ph northward.

The duty station master or his assistant was supposed to stand on platform 2 holding a green flag or light – to be spotted and acknowledged by the motorman driving the train.

After the passage of the train, the SM ought to inform master signal control that the clickety-clack sounds of the wheels on the tracks were normal and betrayed no derailment danger to the train. The acknowledgement by the motorman or driver was the proverbial feel-good-factor to help the safety of several thousand passengers’ lives in the clasps of his/her hands.

Instead of doing his duty, the person manning the railway platform’s office cubicle was chatting with someone on his mobile phone.

Seated in that console was a person whose demeanour depicted that he was someone in authority. He was flanked by 2 constables from the Railway Protection Force.

“I am conducting surprise checks for ticketless travellers. Obviously some will pay a fine or a bribe to escape. All of us can expect some ‘cash relief’ for the month end,” the ticket examiner in civvies said.

Interrupting his chat on the mobile, the person in charge of the station in white uniform quipped: “Don’t forget my share!”

The RPF men looked a bit nonplussed.

“In these busy hours, the state railway police personnel conduct their own raids … and collect sizeable booty. None of us get any share from that. Worse, they do not cooperate in nabbing those trying to run away,” one constable complained.

“Well, we are not parting with any part of our collection on that count…so one minus one is zero. Accounts are squared. All of us need to supplement our incomes thus in these difficult times. Our salaries are inadequate to maintain our families. We need the cooperation of the local cops when something like that Swathi murder blows. In the melee for audience eyeballs, television channels ignored the simple fact that on that fateful morning of June last year, none of us was performing our duties. And then, none noticed when the RPF and Railway Police beat ran round the mulberry bush on the non-existent issue of jurisdiction… simply to buy time,” the TE announced with a grim finality.

These were signs of systems’ societal decay.

The duty station master coming out every 10 minutes or so while fast trains went past was also meant to keep a wary eye on the passengers in the station and report any suspicious activity. He didn’t care a tuppence about it. Instead of according protection to passengers by incessantly patrolling the platforms as per their job mandates, RPF and state railway police personnel were actively harvesting funds for month-end pecuniary problems. Senior officials were actively collaborating.

I shook my head in disapproval.

Spotting Veerabahu alighting from the foot over bridge, I moved northward.

The slim, slender looking teenager was on the mobile phone – talking to his sister.

“Where have you reached?”

“Crossing Saidapet station,” the girl’s voice said. The kid had switched the hands free button on the instrument.

“I have homework to do. And then I have to prepare for the first semester tests,” Veerabahu protested.

“Is the rowdy waiting outside the station?”

“I actually wasn’t looking. But, what can I do if he turns violent? We need to ask pa to move home… to somewhere close to where I work,” the lass grumbled.

“What about pa’s job at the EB? What about my school? My whole life will be spoiled!”

“Would it be alright then if someone spoils and soils your sister? What kind of a brother are you?”

Veerabahu looked uneasy.

“You better come fast. I am waiting!” He cut the connection and rolled his eyes skywards in sheer exasperation.

“Why is God not around when we need him? Rowdies, crowded cities, rising prices, police apathy, scolding school teachers, difficult syllabus…”

As is the wont of youngsters, Veerabahu grumbled.

Aren’t you Damarla Veerabahu, little Swati’s younger brother?”

My question startled the boy.

“How do you know me?”

Every Friday, your sister Swathi is in the forefront of the palanquin bearers – carrying the idol of Shukaravaara Amman in the Aghastheeswarar temple nearby. I remember you because you once wanted to help your sister…but the priests forbade you from touching the palanquin, as it violates the temple rules. I see you offering prayers in that temple regularly.”

The boy looked closely at me and espied an old man with a kind face, dressed in a white Indian shirt and trousers. The salt and pepper facial and pate hair disarmed him.

“What is your name?”

Most persons in this vicinity refer to me as Agathi!”

“A very strange name, I would say,” the boy said thoughtfully.

It is the shortened form of a very famous sage – Agasthya. Some persons translate the name from Sanskrit as ‘mountain thrower’. The Tamil meaning denotes a person who has realised his inner self. In Tamil, Agam stands for a home. ‘Thiyan’ refers to a householder … who ensures the well-being of the home’s inhabitants. In a nutshell, if one goes by the Tamil meaning, every male is an Agathi … or Agathiyan. The sage Agasthya was a diminutive man. By the Sanskrit definition he could throw a mountain. It only implies that determination can cause any person to complete any superhuman feat. There is an entire city block in Kanyakumari district – called Agastheeswaram. Some 400 km off Kochi – in the Arabian Sea – there is an island called Agatti – the virtual capital of Lakshadweep archipelago. Finally, the temple you visit every Friday with your sister – is a shrine for Agastheeswarar. Hence, it is not such a strange name.”

The boy giggled.

“So what do you want from me?”

The boy pertly asked the question abruptly.

“Oh, I have no needs to be fulfilled by anyone. I only grant favours, more often than not, without anyone asking for it … completely free of charge. You and your sister have a problem in the form of a young unruly male tormentor. He follows your sister somewhat threateningly. Probably, you are here to accompany young Swathi home… because she feels safer with you around. But, you are not at all comfortable with the idea of facing the rowdy. Suppose… I give you a little formula to defeat this rowdy and thus prove that you indeed are really Veerabahu … the brave-heart with strong protecting arms. That is without any risk and no sweat. Will you be interested?”

The boy was puzzled. His confusion showed on his countenance.

“I am no Jackie Chan … and cannot hope to fight and win a grown up man who pumps iron in gyms.”

“Jackie Chan does those choreographed fights only in the films. There is a scene in a movie featuring a one minute shot where Jackie is shown as getting killed by Lee in Enter the Dragon. Bruce was his idol and Chan tells anyone willing to listen to him that he loved losing to his idol and did a lot of play acting to retain the sympathetic attention of the then more famous man. More seriously, the movie Enter the Dragon has a scene featuring Bruce Lee – teaching a little boy how to win a fight with a grown up man – without actually fighting. You could actually do it. It is very simple. I could help you win,” I informed the child.

“But, why would you do that?”

“Because… I love helping people. It is that simple. Come closer, I will teach you the trick. You can try it out tomorrow itself! And don’t worry. If something goes wrong, I will be around… to help you.”

The boy came closer.

“Is this absolutely free? No hidden tricks or charges?”

“None at all, my young friend, you can be sure.”

I then began telling him a simple trick. I took leave as the EMU steamed into the terminal.

I knew that the girl Swathi would frown at Veerabahu talking to strangers. But, that was par for the course.

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Indian Police Service [IPS] officer Nar Bahadur Thapa was posted to the Narcotics Control Bureau’s Chennai Unit in its northwest outskirts as southern India’s regional head. It was a ‘punishment’ posting. A set of corrupt men who controlled the vigilance and anti-corruption wings of the Central Bureau of Investigation had wanted Thapa out of the way.

Of Nepalese extraction, Thapa had the tenacity of bloodhounds that never let go a sniffed criminal at wrong end of an invisible but ‘smellable’ trail.

That evening, his table had 2 bulky files of criminals – linked to drug trade from across the Palk Straits – in Sri Lanka’s war-torn north and northeast, whose tentacles snaked into the innards of India’s various cities, and also into the innards of around 50 national capitals spread all over the globe.

The profits were enormous.

At its little known, obscure procurement points, prices of drugs like heroin, crack, cocaine, and marijuana was as low as Rs.50 per base unit. But, when sold in the retail ‘open air markets’, their prices ballooned 50,000 times. The methods of the underworld were becoming more sophisticated than those of the cops – and this was a worldwide malady. The resultant ill gotten wealth was round-tripped and pumped into legal economies – to push real estate prices skyward. India was no exception.

Real estate was the safest venue to park black funds – as very few could every actually measure the profit margins.

Thapa had done the hard work.

An acre of land with a legal floor space index [FSI] of 3.5 in the outskirts of Chennai or for that matter any city in India ranged between Rs. 2 and 4 crores. Each acre has 43,500 square feet on the ground level as its ‘carpet’ area. When multiplied by 3.5 – the allowed amount of FSI – the price of undivided share of the proposed built up area ranged between Rs. 133 to Rs.263 per square foot. Costs of building huge blocks of flats ranged around Rs.1000 per square foot. In a nutshell, builders spent around Rs.5 lakhs for a 500 sq ft flat and sold it for Rs.25 lakhs. Burdened by other factors of the global meltdown, big time mainstream media outlets winked at this racket. There was a method to this madness. Builders’ networks splurged money on full page colour advertisements – often occupying the first three pages of newspapers besides sponsoring hours and hours of television time.

The operators of this huge sinister machine also bankrolled political parties. In some states, political parties’ sections actually owned and ran the racket. The sinister game drew sustenance by cannibalising its own assets. Some of the real estate defaulters’ flats were used as dens to peddle drugs and then discarded whenever some “untoward” event happened. Often such “events” were “rave” parties catering to the spoilt rich brats and also to draw more potential victims into the concentric vortex of drug addiction and peddling. The victim owner of such a den – soon declared as an erstwhile owner – would be flung to the wolves as a drug trafficker. The whole racket suited only wrongdoers and rendered them richer after every deal – botched or otherwise..

A ‘foolproof’ system had been hammered into place to run this evil empire. It was done vide the creation of a network of agents employed by private and foreign banks that had begun lending money in India at usurious interest rates since the turn of the millennium.

The grey market of ‘collection agents’ was a good source of information to identify future victims to be fleeced and/or raped and/or prostituted.

‘Minor’ funding began with credit cards and ‘personal loans’. The dues amounted to a few thousands of rupees. Usurious interest rates ensured indebtedness. Before long, a vast section of the middle-class was in the thrall of these sophisticated moneylenders. Those who deferred paying on time were catchment areas of potential victims. Rowdies from the dregs of society worked as ‘collection agents’ and provided vital info. Those amongst these gangs that were smarter than the rest slowly levitated towards the drug distribution. Thus began a database of persons who be preyed upon to buy ‘dream homes’ engineered to default to turn such residences into nightmares – only to be repossessed and sold to other similar victims.

The operation was a large scale one.

While in the CBI, Thapa had been assigned the task of identifying the shady methods of foreign banks, their lending patterns and recovery methodology. At the start of his probe, he had stumbled on to the world of pricey auditing firms which violated every known law in every nation possible and yet retained the veneer of respectability. One such firm is Pricewaterhouse Coopers [PwC].

A minor cog of this giant machine, Sengodan had committed the cardinal sin of ‘leaning on’ Pachaiappan – nicknamed ‘patch-boy’ amongst a small group of friends for recovering credit card dues. Pachaiappan was the son of Duraisingham, a head constable who worked for CBI. The young man had apparently used the rectangular piece of plastic during a new year’s party in a 3-star hotel. The bill had come to Rs.26K. Patch-boy’s pals promised to pool in the money to square the loan off. But, the sharing of the financial load actually never took place.

Without knowing the antecedents of his victim’s father, Sengodan began sending threatening messages to Pachaiappan. Usually, credit card and finance companies avoid 3 categories of individuals viz. Journalists, lawyers and police officials. The avoidance is explained away with a two-word term: “negative profile”. Secretly the movers and shakers in this rat race admit that discovery of the workings of their racket is their big fear. The bigger fear is journalists, lawyers and cops using the instrument of blackmail to clean the wrongdoers out, aver the men and women at tertiary levels of this game. The bitter truth is stranger. Those who never deserve a single rupee manage to net billions of rupees and are allowed to not only default but also helped to escape the laws of India under everyone’s noses. 

Before long, seeing his son listless most of the day, the cop accessed the SMS from his son’s mobile.

Duraisingham sought the advice of his superior officer.

Holding the rank of Inspector General, Thapa merited a landlubber bosun. Duraisingham performed that task admirably in Chennai.

So, when the hapless minion approached his boss for saving his son, the IG – then looking after various high profile cases from Delhi for the CBI’s southern operations, Thapa realised the potential and pulled the young man’s chestnuts out of the fire and began watching the gang of ‘recovery agents.’ That endeavour had landed the strange fish – Sengodan.

By keeping tabs on Sengodan, Thapa had traced most of the racketeers and identified their modus operandi. That was when he suspected something else – the presence of a vigilante group of IT professionals functioning beyond their work-station borders to identify ill-gotten funds parked abroad. As he had begun taking an interest in the activities of several young men and women, one of them – a Brahmin girl aged 24 – Swathi – had been brutally killed in mid 2016.

When others above him found out Thapa’s focus, they got him transferred – virtually on punishment. But, being pushed to the wall, Thapa had decided to fight. And that fight had led to his unearthing the huge racket whose minor loose end was Sengodan. The big time players were builders and architects working from flashy offices.

Thapa looked at the clock in his office.

It was close to 7 p.m.

Pressing his buzzer, he summoned Duraisingham – who had levitated to the NCB along with his boss.

“We may have a major job to do, tomorrow, to end rackets of youngsters’ tormentors – like the man who had harassed your son,” Thapa said.

“Sure sir,” the orderly said.

“I have been tracking the mobile of this person called Sengodan. He lives in Choolaimedu area but does his trade in OMR. It seems he is also stalking a girl Swathi – like someone else had chased her namesake last year. What makes the whole thing interesting is the qualification of this girl and her core competence area. She is a code breaking ethical hacker. I suspect that last year’s dead Swathi was one as well.”

“Did the other girl – the dead Swathi do the same thing and was she killed on that count sir?”

Duraisingham asked the question at the spur of the moment in total innocence.

“I have a strong suspicion that she was,” Thapa enigmatically said.

-to be continued

Divine Intervention – 3

Official apathy, corrupted systems of governance, criminal politicians, cussed cops and the odd judicial slip have harmed human psyche.

Could God be of help?

Trying to generate hope, I have so far penned 2 pieces of fiction – to restore faith in divinity amongst humans.

The links:

Divine Intervention 1

Divine Intervention 2

In both the tales, God Almighty plays a subtle role and restores sanity and parity.

I have begun writing the third.

Here is the first instalment.

August 22 2017

Nungambakkam rail terminal seemed huge and imposing to the demure, dusky 22-year-old, Telugu speaking girl D Swathi at 5-55 a.m. that Tuesday.

Her namesake had been murdered in cold blood in that very railway station in June 2016. The perpetrator, stalker-killer – one Ram Kumar – had dropped dead in a prison under mysterious circumstances a few weeks later. Chennai’s corrupt cops had complicated the murder probe. Some among them had succeeded in getting sections in the media to cast aspersions on the character of the victim posthumously. Later, Kumar’s suspicious ‘suicide’ was hurriedly buried in the shallowest of graves.

She had other reasons to be afraid.

Fear in a male form, with rippling muscles, clad in a crocodile brand black “T” shirt and black trousers with a leery expression to boot had stalked her all the way from home located some 600 metres away.

Chennai is India’s 4th largest metropolis located on the right flank of the Asian subcontinent’s limp phallus shaped peninsula’s upper half. On a map, Sri Lanka, the island nation, seems like a drop of semen dripping from a flaccid male organ.

Swati had joined the very organisation where her namesake had worked before – Tata Consultancy Services [TCS] a few weeks back.

The firm’s offices were located in a distant suburb named Maraimalai Nagar – some 50 km due south of where she stood.

Juxtaposed to rail terminals, the names Swathi and TCS have an eerie ring. Way back in 2014, another girl by the same name had died when a bomb planted under her seat went off in a stationary train in Chennai Central Railway Station.

Hailing from a lower middleclass family, D Swathi stayed with her parents and younger brother in Choolaimedu, a nondescript district located within a km of Nungambakkam railhead.

The place is a beehive of criminals. Many of them are drug peddlers, eunuch sex workers and pimps. Most of them are stool pigeons. Policemen wink at this flotsam and jetsam of the underworld – under the guise of running a network of informers to solve more serious crimes. The shameful ruse rarely works.

Defenceless girls trudging to and from work and/or educational institutions are regularly kidnapped and handed over to rich, sexual perverts. Videos of the resultant sadistic acts are used to blackmail and force some of the survivor victims into prostitution. Less attractive girls were/are first raped, then slaughtered and flung by the wayside far away from the crime scene – where – more often than not – the bodies are not identified.

Such abominable crimes have become commonplace in almost every 3rd world city. India’s Chennai is no exception.

Small-timers operating in Choolaimedu were “service providers” for larger underworld outfits centred some 7 km northward surrounding the city’s Puzhal Central Prison.

Swathi’s killer Ram Kumar was cited as dead after biting into a live electric wire in a highly restricted and remote zone within Puzhal prison – which was off bounds for an under-trial prisoner. Kumar’s regular cell was almost a km away from where his body was reportedly found – an electrical control room. Cops trotted out a cock and bull story that Swathi’s killer had bitten into an electric cable and had died of a fatal shock.

Swathi’s initial ‘D’ stood for Damarla. It denotes origins in the neighbourhood state of Andhra Pradesh. On that very day – August 22 – in 1639, one of her forefathers – a small-time vassal of the Vijayanagar Empire – Damarla Chennappa Nayakudu – had ‘granted’ the land between 2 rivers – the first being Cooum and the second named ‘Egmore’ to the ‘Honourable’ East India Company to build a ‘factory’ and a warehouse. [1] The former has morphed into a huge gutter. The latter river isn’t even visible. The ‘factory’ served as the first seat of power of colonial British.

Fort St George is the seat of power in Tamil Nadu today. From 1744 onwards, that stockade served as the take-off stage of the career of colonial Britain’s worst specimen Robert Clive.[2]

When known as Madras, Chennai could boast of a uniformed fraternity that cared for citizens. Police commissioners like Parangusam Naidu in 1919 and Sripall [1980-1984] the citizenry enjoyed a sense of safety. The political rulers – like the late Chief Minister MGR were of better stock. Finally there were others like Mohandas – the legendary policeman of Tamil Nadu.

The situation had worsened since the turn of the century.

It had reached its nadir after the Swathi murder. Since then, the mismanagement of law and order southern India’s show piece is at its worst. In early 2017, cops had allowed half a million persons to gather at Chennai’s seafront called the Marina Beach – demanding the holding of the annual bull-taming festival that had been banned by the Supreme Court. The do had culminated in mindless violence. The cops blamed it on the sudden entry of ‘unruly, non-state, opposition sponsored so-called unknown violent elements. The vital question as to how such a huge crowd had gathered on a thoroughfare marked in the south by the state police headquarters and Tamil Nadu’s seat of power – Fort St George in the north remains unanswered. 

Swathi briefly ducked into a nationalised bank’s air-conditioned teller machine console, inserted her Andhra Bank debit card, punched her 4 digit personal index number [PIN], clicked the ‘savings account’ and ‘withdrawal’ slots respectively and typed 5-0-0. Unexpectedly, 5 crisp, hundred rupee notes came out of the dispenser.

A warning note in the balance slip informed her that she was below the Rs.1000 minimum limit in bank accounts.

“Mine is a Jan-Dhan account – and hence the minimum balance routine shouldn’t count,” she muttered under her breath.

The tall promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi didn’t matter to the shrewish females that manned Andhra Bank’s branch where her savings account was lodged.

“Those are our rules. If you think we are violating them, you can take your account and go elsewhere. The banks need to make a profit and pay its staff. You freebooter paupers keep draining our precious resources,” the school marm-like manageress had announced when Swati had tried to protest the other day. During that exercise, a diabetic subordinate of the man-eating tigress like manageress was ticked off for being a bit late in a highhanded and rude manner. His obvious chagrin caused the man to initially wince and then lurch unsteadily before he returned to his seat.

The likes of scofflaw Vijay Mallya who owed close to Rs.100 billion to high street banks in India were enjoying life abroad while the nationalised financial institutions’ decision makers that had illegally funded his shenanigans with people’s money played silly parlour games by pretending to auction the ill gotten wealth of the fugitive profligate. If the poor as much as whimpered a protest, the persons behind the counters shamelessly cited non-existent rules and barked threats – sending those whose money actually generated their salaries – scurrying for cover. Like elsewhere in the globe, the dice were loaded against the poor in India and its southern metropolis.

Swathi had needed the change. She entered a small shrine for the elephant headed Hindu God, Ganesh sitting virtually next to the ATM.

“Save me from the clutches of this cruel world, O Lord! Every day, this stalker chases me right till the station and I do not want to die like my namesake. I am afraid to go to the police because he may be part of a gang that regularly pays the cops. I am scared of losing my job. My family needs the money badly. The management will wash its hands off if something untoward happens. I get the heebie-jeebies about getting raped. Please save me, sir!”

Wiping tears from her eyes, Swathi hurriedly shoved a single Rs.100 currency note into the offerings’ box, joined her palms in prayer and ducked out of the shrine’s low threshold. As she ran up the stairs of the foot over-bridge towards the platform– the rowdy – leaning on a lamp post at ground level – whistled.

“The rhythmic movement of your behind stirs my loins and challenges my manhood! Why don’t you take an off and see a movie with me today?”

The rowdy’s cat call irked her. Pretending not to hear him, Swathi bounded up the stairs.

Meanwhile, another, similar devotee placed two plantains on the offerings’ box hurriedly and left. A hungry cow craned its neck and succeeded in grabbing the fruits. Swathi’s improperly inserted hundred rupee note slipped out and fell by the wayside.

I picked it up – knowing that it would come in good use a few minutes later.

Some 1 km to the north of the railhead is a small vegetarian eatery Subha Niwas that serves mouth watering fare at very competitive prices.

An obviously hungry beggar stood beyond the cash counter asking for a free cup of tea. The cashier was shooing him away.

“It is okay. Please give him the drink. I will pay,” I said as I entered.

“Hello! You are here after a long time,” the waiter said as he placed the cup of strong coffee on the table. A small stainless steel vessel containing sugar was placed helpfully next to the beverage. “You seem fitter than before,” the waiter added.

As the beggar finished his cup of tea and tried to enter the establishment to thank me, the cashier waved him away angrily.

A moment later, the rowdy who had stalked Damarla Swathi wandered in and devoured four idlis [spongy rice-cakes] in a jiffy.

The rowdy was obviously very, very, hungry.

Someone looking like his cousin parked his ‘Enfield Bullet’ outside and ambled in.

“You ready with the cash, Sengodan? The boss doesn’t like to wait. And the rendezvous is a long way off – close to Sriperumbudur – on the Bangalore highway,” the newcomer said.

“Yes…I have the Rs.1.5 lakhs in 2000-rupee-notes. I hope the brown sugar is of better quality this time. Last time’s supply had some silly, illegal additive. Clients got a better ‘kick’ but one of them dropped dead. Luckily none in the vicinity of the OMR [Old Mahabalipuram Road] – the IT corridor – where most of the stuff was sold – made the connection. A murder rap is the last thing I want,” Swathi’s stalker said.

“The boss has it all covered. He has huge influence in the police department – both at the state and at the centre. He invests the money earned from these shenanigans into real estate – building on lands acquired cheaply and at what are known as ‘competitive rates’. The money is very, very well hidden. Some 3 years ago, there was a building collapse in the suburbs that killed 61 chaps – all poor labourers from northern India. That makes it 61 murders and not even a single murder case was registered and/or pursued. The semi-high rise with 11 floors in question collapsed like a house of cards and yet none of those who had bought them seriously pursued the case. Whatever settlement had to be done, was perhaps done out of court. Don’t worry about murder and/or any raps. The boss will take care of them all. Talking of the drug OD victim, I heard that the boy died on the road. Someone cleaned out his purse, credit cards, wrist watch, gold chain, i-fone mobile and a lot more. That someone happened to be one of your flunkeys. So, cut the sanctimonious, self-righteous shit and let us get going.”

The duo settled the bill and left.

“You haven’t touched your coffee, sir,” the waiter announced standing next to the chair where I was seated.

“I suddenly don’t feel like having any. There is a bitter feeling on the tongue and in the intellect,” I said, settled the bill for the other man’s tea and my coffee with the Rs.100 crisp note I had picked up and emerged from the eatery. The beggar rushed towards me. I left Rs.20 and change in his bowl. I retained the Rs.50 note, for I knew it would soon find a use.

“Use the money for eating and not drinking,” I told the man and walked away.

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As she left her office around 6 p.m., Swathi called Veerabahu – her younger brother – a class 9 student.

“Come to the railway station in exactly one hour. That fellow was chasing me today morning also,” Swathi announced.

“I can do very little to that body-builder if something bad happens,” Swathi’s male sibling commented.

“Let us all hope that it never comes to that. There is a saying in Telugu – a male even if he is of the size of a palm – is protection enough.”

“Okay, I will come,” the boy grudgingly said.

It had been a hectic day at office.

Retired Director General of Police Durgaiyadimai Dheeran Thiruvachagam had addressed a select gathering of systems analysts in TCS. Swathi had been part of the audience. The man’s initials constituted the acronym DDT, an insecticide currently banned in many nations. [3]

“In more ways than one, my initials – DDT have serious similarities with the properties of the insecticide DDT. There are many who call me a ruthless, uncompromising demon who ends criminals’ lives with ruthless and cruel suddenness. I had served in the army and was known as a killing machine. More often than not, I shot the enemy-wallahs dead and never bothered asking questions. But, once I returned to civvy-street as a cop, I changed a few of my tactics. In one of the districts bordering Chennai – where I had been posted as a DIG, a retired colonel and his wife were robbed and killed by masked robbers. The killers had decamped with cash and jewels worth about Rs.60 lakhs. They were parents of one of my pals killed in action Kargil. The doctor who examined the bodies told me that they had died less than an hour ago. These gangs usually have about 10 or 11 chaps. We stopped all vehicles and the odd train leaving the area. In some 45 minutes, my juniors had nabbed the baddies. I asked my men to herd the villains into a nearby forest area sans any locals. The booty was found on them. Someone in the force who knew these types guessed that they all were hardened criminals who could be made to talk. But, recovery of stolen properties from past heists could well nigh be impossible as smart lawyers could delay matters in court. The chaps would eventually get bail, vanish and sooner or later…would commit the same crimes again, he said. I knew that the assessment was correct to the last punctuation mark. I asked the criminals to be lined up and took a hard look at them. Picking up a 303 rifle, I calmly shot all the knee caps of all the chaps and also their elbows – rendering them invalids for life. By then, the criminals were begging for mercy and said they would part with all their booty hidden somewhere in Andhra Pradesh – between the railway terminals of Bitragunta and Kaavali. The criminals were then forced to lie down on their stomachs. One of my boys ran the wheels of a police jeep on their injured limbs. We ensured that the chaps lived and dropped them off outside their village and came away leaving a note in Telugu behind – “Any and all those who wish to sample our welcoming party in Chennai are welcome. This wonderful treatment awaits you!” The number of masked robber gangs’ activities in TN has been vastly reduced. The villains, probably, are still alive but will never squeal to bleeding heart human rights’ defenders. They know my type never takes a chance. None of those gangsters can ever be sure as to what I would end up doing. In their warped mind they may imagine that I would lead a vigilante team of commandos and kill them all. Some of my batch mates actually did something like that in Maharashtra a few years ago. Nevertheless, there are cases of such gangs operating in AP. I admit that the methods I just described are not legal at all. Obviously, they are very, very cruel and inhuman. These days, such robbers have learnt a few more dirty tricks. The operators with different modus operandi come from other states too. Criminals’ heist planning quotient – has improved and larger heists have happened and are eluding the inevitable end. But, instances of masked robbers – hitting families in secluded homes in the edges of Chennai city have drastically come down. Is it only due to what I did? Perhaps not, I would carefully add. But, my tactics, sure as hell, must have contributed to the number of such instances coming down. I am like the DDT – illegal in many ways, but, have my useful sides as well,” DDT had said as his opening gambit. The listeners had giggled.

The balding retired cop advised the IT professionals to strengthen the arms of the central government by getting time allotted by the management to hack codes of secretive offshore banks that helped villains stash ill-gotten money in numbered accounts.

“These bastards stole from this nation … or … every one of you. You should help retrieve this stash and deposit it into the coffers of the Government of India, from where the baddies cannot get it back. The money will help India that is Bharat into becoming Bharat that is India. Emperor Bharat had sowed the seeds of proper, operative democracy and selection process of rulers strictly on the basis of merit some 4,000 years ago. It is well nigh impossible to do something as dramatic as that at this point in time. But, with better funding, the government can attempt doing stuff that will help the larger interests of we the people of this nation,” the former officer had stated during his 2 hour long presentation. During the tea break, Swathi had buttonholed the former officer.

“I am not sure whether the management here will allow such hacking. But, some of my friends could do this outside the office in our spare time, sir,” Swathi had told the man.

“Better be careful child. Your namesake was killed … I suspect … because …she was attempting something of this sort. Her killer Ram Kumar was a fall guy who was easily and shamelessly eliminated by corrupt elements in the police force to which I belonged sometime ago. In my opinion, a chilling message was sent to warn such covert vigilante groups – not to crack such codes and retrieve stolen stashes. But, I would say, continue doing it till the baddies find it too difficult to rob the common citizens of India. God only knows how many Ram Kumars are lurking and with what purpose,” DDT had opined.

“But sir, as you say, if some bad people from the police department are involved, what about our safety? Forget the stashes abroad. I am being tormented by a local stalker and am scared to seek help from the nearby cop house,” Swathi said bitterly.

“I played the role of an avenger while donning the uniform. Now, I can’t pull off such shenanigans. Times have changed. The way things are regressing, one can only pray to God! Who knows, God may still help,” DDT had said finally.

As Swathi got into the train at Maraimalai Nagar, her younger brother – a slender teenager lad set out from home, to accord his sister a modicum of security as she walked home.

To be continued

[1]

The factory and the warehouse were housed in what came to be known as Fort St George – from where the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu is being ruled … or perhaps more correctly … misruled.

On 22 August 1639, the piece of land lying between the river Cooum almost at the point it enters the sea and another river known as the Egmore river was granted by a junior member of the Damarla clan to East India Company after obtaining a permission to cede to the white man had been obtained from then Vijayanagar monarch whose first name was Venkatadri.

On this piece of waste land was founded Fort St. George, a fortified settlement of British merchants, factory workers, and other colonial settlers. Upon this settlement the English expanded their colony to include a number of other European communities, new British settlements, and various native villages, one of which was named Madraspatnam. The British named the entire combined city Madras to mark the occasion.

Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, Chennai is one of the biggest cultural, economic and educational centres in South India. According to the 2011 Indian census, it is the sixth-largest city and fourth-most populous urban agglomeration in India. The city and its suburbs that includes most part of Kanchipuram district, constitute the Chennai Metropolitan Area, which is the 36th-largest urban area by population in the world. Chennai is among the most visited Indian cities by foreign tourists. It was ranked 43rd most visited city in the world for year 2015.

The Quality of Living Survey rated Chennai as the safest city in India.

Chennai attracts 45 percent of health tourists visiting India, and 30 to 40 percent of domestic health tourists.

As such, it is termed “India’s health capital”

Chennai has the third-largest expatriate population in India. It stood at over 100,000 in 2016 as per census reports.

Tourism guide publisher Lonely Planet named Chennai as one of the top ten cities in the world to visit in 2015.

The metropolis is ranked as a beta-level city in the Global Cities Index and was ranked the best city in India by India Today in the 2014 annual Indian city survey.

 In 2015 Chennai was named the “hottest” city (worth visiting and worth living in the long term) by the BBC, citing the mixture of both modern and traditional values.

 National Geographic ranked Chennai’s food as second best in the world; it was the only Indian city to feature in the list.[23] Chennai was also named the ninth-best cosmopolitan city in the world by Lonely Planet.

The Chennai Metropolitan Area is one of the largest city economies of India. Chennai is nicknamed “The Detroit of India”, with more than one-third of India’s automobile industry being based in the city. In January 2015, it was ranked third in terms of per capita GDP. Chennai has been selected as one of the 100 Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi’s flagship Smart Cities Mission.

[2]

Sometime in June 1744, a rowdy element from England’s Shropshire called Robert Clive began life as a clerk and rose to become a general. Known to have terrorised those who studied in his home’s vicinity, Clive cemented the authority of what was also then known as ‘John Company’.

Clive ‘oversaw’ the dispensation of the ‘white man’s ‘justice’. The greed of short-sighted, egoist weak Muslim noblemen – Muhammad Ali and Chanda Sahib helped him. The insistence of blue-blooded Frenchman Governor General Joseph-François, Marquis Dupleix to fight according to rules aided the cunning former clerk with enormous chutzpah. Within the next half a decade, the authority of the French had decayed and that of the British flew full mast from Fort St George.

In the mid 1740’s, British Prime Minister William Pitt ‘the elder’ hailed Clive as a ‘heaven-born-general’ without any military training.

Clive returned to Great Britain at the age of 35 with a fortune of at least £300,000 filched from India plus an annual ‘quit-rentof £27,000.

Lord Macaulay praised Clive thus: “Clive gave peace, security, prosperity and such liberty as the case allowed to millions of Indians, who had for centuries been the prey of oppression. [Clive was better than] Napoleon [Bonaparte whose] career of conquest was inspired only by personal ambition. 

[3]

DDT or Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane is a colourless insipid odourless crystalline insecticide whose early form was created in 1874. Its commercial use was perfected by Swiss chemist Paul Hermann Mueller in 1939. Some 9 plus years later, Mueller got the Nobel for medicine as the poisonous chemical was effective in destroying harmful arthropods which are insects of the arachnid and crustacean variety. These beings constitute roughly 80% of the world’s animal population. Opinion about letting them live peacefully is divided. Known to cause several diseases in two-legged and 4-legged creatures, a section of humanity wishes to exterminate them. A larger group opposes this idea because the poor voiceless things help in pollination and thus spread of vegetation – the world over.

In 1962, marine biologist Rachel Louise Carson – whose interests centred around saving the world through conservation of multiple species authored the book Silent Spring. The book revealed that DDT also caused cancer among humans and was a serious threat to wildlife, particularly birds. The ‘Bald Eagle’ [national bird of the US of A] and Peregrine Falcon were 2 birds that had almost been rendered extinct by hunters and also by DDT. A decade later, United States of America banned use of DDT by accepting the ruling made under the auspices of Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. Thanks to the ban, the 2 birds in question can be seen flying freely in the American continent. Nevertheless, DDT is still used in some nations as it effectively kills mosquitoes that spread fatal epidemics like malaria.

Mumbai cops actively protect Indian criminals

The safest haven for criminals in India that is Bharat – is the nation’s financial capital – Mumbai!

The following documented crimes and their perpetrators are living testimonies to this reprehensible phenomenon:

Pakistan-based 26/11 and 1993 terrorists’ financiers continue to operate in Mumbai with impunity.

Since 2013, the sinking of a naval submarine remains unsolved despite the then Defence Minister AK Antony saying in parliament that he suspected enemy action! India’s mainstream media [MSM] cares two hoots about this.

Rafique Malik Tejani, a pillar of Mumbai’s 5-star-cocktail circuit has been accused of being in cahoots with the likes of Dawood Ibrahim and others time and again. The 3-year-long cover-up was achieved through the July 2016 so-called suicide of a shady media hack blackmailer.

Tejani reportedly had a suspect role in the enemy action that sank Mumbai’s guard-ship submarine – Sindhurakshak in 2014. The matter was exposed for the nth time in 2016. No action was taken!

Instead of being hauled up before the law, Tejani and the company Metro House – headed by him – have allegedly usurped property owned by Mumbai Port Trust.[1]

The crimes are being committed with impunity – thanks to ‘cooperative operating methods’ of the ‘yellow-section’ of India’s Mainstream Media [MSM]. The controls are in Karachi, Islamabad and Beijing!

There is worse.

Mumbai cops shamelessly collaborate with gangsters. The system plays musical chairs with a few careers. [2]

The third most important case pertains to Zakir Naik – who is having a jolly time abroad. Mumbai cops keep pretending to attempt nabbing Naik.

It is one of the most vain cover-up attempts – with the help of former Mumbai cops occupying pivotal position in Saudi Arabia! [3]

These columns had clearly exposed how and why Zakir Naik may never return to India.

Finally, there is India’s most wanted terrorist fugitive Dawood Ibrahim.

Ibrahim is said to be linked to India’s Vigilance Commissioner for Banking Operations – TM Bhasin.

Bhasin is involved in a lot worse!

Among other things, Bhasin has been suspected of being in cahoots with international terrorist criminal Dawood Ibrahim to destroy India’s finance sector by mounting an attack on India’s international banking showpiece – the Bank of Baroda.

For further details on criminal banker Bhasin’s financial misdemeanours, download and read:

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Dawood’s Mumbai based accomplices are 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 14,500 square feet]. Upon this plot, 4 floors totally measuring some 57,000 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.5.70 crores. But a mere 20 sq ft shop abutting the pavement has a value of Rs.3 crores. On that basis, the conservative commercial value is at least 1000 times more or simply, Rs.5.70 lakh 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.

Ex-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.

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 original lease was in the name of a Muslim Trust or Wakf that had ended on July 31 1986.

A copy of a sort of circular dated December 2 1986 on the letterhead of Khanbahadur Haji S. Meharbakhsh 1st Wakf-alal-Aulad about Aboobaker Mansion, 23-23B-25 Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba Causeway, Bombay 400 039 addressed to all tenants, signed by (i) Shaikh Abdul Aziz Meherbaksh; (ii) Shaikh Abdul Haq Meherbaksh; and (iii) Amjad Aziz Meherbaksh says:

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.

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.

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 on August 12 2014:

Link:

http://tsvhari.blogspot.in/2014/08/gadkari-spying-saga-unearths-sinister.html

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

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 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.

For more download and read here:

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. In turn, Balwa has links with currently disgraced BJP leader Eknath Ganpatrao Khadse. It was alleged that it was Balwa who had applied for environmental clearance for two of the projects linked to Pawar linked to the kingpin in the stamp paper scam, Abdul Karim Telgi 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.”

On two floors of Abu Baker Mansion – lodging houses are being run. They are said to be linked to Nigerian drug and weapons’ smugglers reportedly operated between India and Thailand. A few of them are in a prison in Bangkok.

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.

In a simple move, Mumbai Port Trust obliged Tejani by creating a fake lease deed that became operational from 1991 to hide the 1993 stigma.

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Depending on the political equations in Maharashtra and the links of its underworld dons, top cops’ careers end up stinking or smell of roses.

Here are examples.

In May 2016, IPS officer Atulchandra Kulkarni assumed charge as the new chief of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) – which – for all purposes is a posting of little consequence – these days.

Kulkarni replaced Vivek Phansalkar. The latter was transferred to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

In January, he had been promoted to the rank of additional director general (ADG) of police – and thus came to possess the same rank as Datta Padsalgikar, currently Commissioner of Police.

Said to have serious differences with current Commissioner of Police Padsalgikar, Kulkarni had set his eyes on the post of Special Police Commissioner. He said as much in SMS messages to his friends in the press.

It was at that point that the athletic Padsalgikar handed Kulkarni – what Mumbai media hacks call the “French letter” posting of ATS Chief.

Incidentally, Padsalgikar has a Master’s degree in French literature.

But CM Devendra Fadnavis shot such plans down.

[3]

The earlier CP – Ahmad Javed had taken over the post from another controversial cop Rakesh Maria.

Incidentally, Javed is India’s top diplomat in Saudi Arabia – where Islamic agent provocateur par excellence – Zakir Naik is ensconced.

The same Mumbai police officers are play acting – saying it is trying to nab Naik!

ஜல்லிக்கட்டுப் போராட்டம் சசிகலாவின் சதிவலை வேலையா? – 1

ஜல்லிக்கட்டுப் போராட்டத்தின் பின்னணியிலுள்ள சில முக்கியமான கேள்விகளின் விடை தெரிந்தால், பல வண்டவாளங்கள் தண்டவாளம் ஏறும்!

கேள்விகள்:

1. உச்ச நீதி மன்றம் 3 வருடங்கள் முன்பே தடை விதித்தும், திடீரென இப்போது அது நடத்தப்பட இந்த அளவுக்குப் பெரிய போராட்டம் நடத்தப்படுவதன் பின்னணி என்ன?

2. ஜல்லிக்கட்டு சம்பந்தமான உண்மைகளை ஏன் எந்த வழக்கறிஞரும் உச்ச நீதிமன்றம் முன்பு கொண்டு செல்லவில்லை?

#1 திடீரென இப்போது  இந்த அளவுக்குப் பெரிய போராட்டம் நடத்தப்படுவதன் பின்னணி என்ன?

விரிவான விடை:

திடீரென சென்னையின் கடற்கரையில் இத்தனைப் பெரிய கூட்டம் சேர வேண்டும் என்றால், பல பகுதிகளிலிருந்து மக்கள் வருதல் அவசியம்.

மெரினா கடற்கரையின் ஒரு மூலையில்தான் தமிழக காவல்துறையின் தலைமை அலுவலகம் இருக்கிறது.

ஆக, காவல் துறை அறியாமல் இந்தக் கூட்டம் வந்திருக்க வாய்ப்பில்லை. காவல் துறை அறிந்தே இந்தக் கூட்டம் சேர்ந்தது என்றால், அக்கூட்டம் அங்கு குமிய காவல்துறையின் மறைமுக ஆசி உள்ளது என்றே பொருள்.

காவல்துறை தற்போது முதல்வர் ஓ பன்னீர்செல்வத்திடம் உள்ளது.

ஓ பி எஸ் சசிகலா சொற்படி கேட்டு நடக்கிறார்.

கூட்டம் கூடுவதால் சசிகலா மற்றும் ஓ பி எஸ் ஆகியோருக்கு அரசியல் ஆதாயம் உண்டு. இல்லாவிட்டால், அது சேர அனுமதிக்கப்பட்டிருக்காது.

இப்படி ஒரு கூட்டம் சேர்ந்து விடாப்பிடியாக ஜல்லிக்கட்டு உத்திரவு பிறப்பித்தே ஆக வேண்டுமென்ற நெருக்கடியை மத்திய அரசுக்கு தமிழக அரசு விதித்துள்ளது.

இதனால், சசிகலா எந்த வித உயிலும் இல்லாமல் ஜெயலலிதாவின் போயஸ் தோட்டத்து பங்களாவில் தங்கி, கட்சியைக் கைபற்றும் முயற்சி மக்களுக்கு மறக்கடிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

ஜல்லிக்கட்டு விஷயத்தில் மிகவும் அதிகப்பணம் வாங்கும், அல்லது மத்திய அரசால் தடை செய்யப்ப  தன்னார்வுக் குழுக்களின் வழக்கறிஞர்கள் ஆஜராகி இருக்கிறார்கள். இவர்கள் ஜல்லிக்கட்டுக்கு எதிர்ப்புத் தெரிவிப்பவர்கள் தான்.  எந்த வரும்படியும் இல்லாமல் இவர்களுக்கு மிருகங்கள் மீது இந்த அளவுக்கு கரிசனம் வரக் காரணம் என்ன?

அதெப்படி டூப்பு எனக் கேட்போர் முன்னாள் ஓய்வு பெற்ற நீதிபதி மார்கண்டேய காட்ஜு சொன்னதைப் படிக்கலாம்.

ஸப் ஜூடீஸி [sub judice] என்பது ஒரு வழக்கை ஜூரர்கள் [மக்கள் மத்தியிலிருந்து தேர்ந்தெடுக்கப்பட்ட சிலர் அமர்வு நீதிமன்றத்தில் வழக்கு விசாரிக்கப்படும்போது நீதிபதிக்கு உதவி, மக்கள் சார்பான தார்ப்பை வழங்குபவர்கள்] விசாரணையில் கலந்துகொள்ளும்போது அவர்களது மனதை விசாரிக்கப்படும் வழக்குபற்றிய கருத்தில் பாதிக்கும் செய்திகள் வெளியிடாதிருத்தலுக்கான சட்ட நடை முறை. அந்த பழக்கம் இந்தியாவில் இல்லவே இல்லை. மேலு உச்ச நீதிமன்ற நீதிபதிகள் பத்திரிக்கைச் செய்திகளால் பாதிப்படையக்கூடியவர்கள் அல்ல. ஆக யாரெல்லாம் ஸப் ஜுடீஸீ என்ற சொற்றொடொரைப் பயன்படுத்துகிறார்களோ, அவர்கள் எல்லோரும் பொய் பேசும் கடைந்தெடுத்த அயோக்கியர்கள்.

ஜல்லிக்கட்டு உடனே வேண்டுமென மத்திய அரசுக்கு நெருக்கடி அளிப்பதால், சசிகலாவின் அரசியல் செல்வாக்கு பற்றி மத்திய அரசு சற்றெ மிரண்டு உள்ளது. 

சசிகலாவின் அரசியல் ஜாலவித்தைகளை மத்திய அரசு ஆராய்கிறது என்ற ரிப்போர்ட் இதே கட்டுரையாளரால் தீட்டப்பட்டவுடன், அது நேரம்வரை அடுத்த முதல்வர் சசிகலாதான் எனப் பல்லாண்டு பாடியவர்களின் வாய் அடைபட்டது.

மத்திய அரசு ஜெயலலிதா உயில் விஷயத்தில் ஆராய்ச்சி நடத்தினால், சிறை செல்லும் அபாயம் கூட சசிகலாவுக்கு இருந்தது, ஏன் இன்னமும் இருக்கிறது!

ஜல்லிக்கட்டு என்ற ஜுஜூபி விஷயத்தையே மத்திய அரசால் சமாளிக்க முடியாத போது, பாரதிய ஜனதாக் கட்சியின் தமிழகக் கிளை கிள்ளுக்கீரை ஆகியது. அப்படிச் செய்யக் கூடிய ஒரே நபர் நடராஜன்!

சசிகலா தி மு க தலைவர் கருணாநிதியின் கைப்பாவை என மேற்படி கட்டுரையில் 4 வருடங்களாக வெளிவந்த தகவல்கள் உள்ளடங்கி உள்ளன.

தற்போது கருணாநிதியால் ஆட்சிக்கு வர முடியாது, பதவி ஏற்க அவரது உடல் நிலை அனுமதிக்காது.

ஸ்டாலினுக்கு சசிகலா சூட்சுமம் எந்த அளவுக்குத் தெரியும் என்பதில் தெளிவில்லை.

ஆனால், இந்த விஷயம் மொத்தமும் ஸ்டாலினுக்குத் தெரிந்திருக்காது என நினைக்க இடமே இல்லை.

ஆக, சசிகலா தி மு க பக்கம் போக முடியாது.

ஆக, தி மு க வின் கைப்பாவையாக இருந்த சசிகலா, தனக்கு வரக்கூடிய முதல்வர் பதவியைத் தக்க வைத்துக்கொள்ள, ஜல்லிக்கட்டுப் போராட்டம் வாயிலாக, மத்திய அரசை ஒரு புறம் மிரட்டி, தனது கட்டைவிரலின் கீழ் இயங்கும் அ இ அ தி மு க சட்ட மன்ற உறுப்பினர்கள் பெரிய கோரிக்கைகளை வைக்காமல் இருக்கச் செய்த “சித்து வேலை” தான் ஜல்லிக்கட்டுப் போராட்டம் என நினைக்க நிறையவே நியாயம் உள்ளது!

இதைச் செய்வதால், மத்திய அரசு மிரண்டு, சசிகலா சொற்படி பா ஜ க வின் தமிழகக் கிளை இயங்குமா? மத்தியில் அரசியல் விஷயத்தில் மிகவும் பலமான நிலையில் உள்ள பாரதப் பிரதமர் மோடி, இது போன்ற மகுடி வாசிப்புக்கெல்லாம் மயங்கும் நாதியற்ற நாகமல்ல என்பதை அனைவரும் அறிவார்கள்.

ஜெயலலிதாவின் இறுதிச் சடங்கு நடந்த போது, மோடி வந்து சென்ற பிறகு, அடக்க நேரத்தில் ராஹுல் காந்தி மலர் வளையம் வைக்கும் அதே நேரத்தில் நடராஜனும் இறுதி மரியாதை செலுத்தியதைப் பலர் மறந்து இருக்கலாம்.

அதன் சூட்சுமம் என்ன? தி மு க வின் கதவுகள் சாத்தப்பட்ட பின்பு, பா ஜ க விடம் பேரம் படியாவிட்டால், அ இ அ தி மு க ஆட்சியை ஒட்டுமொத்தமாக காங்கிரஸ்  ஆதரவுடன் காப்பாற்றத் திட்டமிடப்பட்டுள்ளதா?

காங்கிரஸ் தமிழகத்தில் காணாங்கிரஸ் ஆகி பல தசாப்தங்கள் ஆகி விட்டன.

பா ஜ க வுக்கு தமிழகத்தில் பலமில்லை.

தி மு க வின் கதவுகள் மூடப்பட்டுள்ளன.

ஆக, நித்திய கண்டம் பூர்ண ஆயுசு என்ற கணக்கில் அ இ அ தி மு க ஆட்சியைத் தொடர நடராஜன் வகுத்துள்ள வியூகம் தான் ஜல்லிக்கட்டுப் போராட்டத்திற்கான மறைமுக ஆதரவா?

#2 ஜல்லிக்கட்டு சம்பந்தமான உண்மைகளை ஏன் எந்த வழக்கறிஞரும் உச்ச நீதிமன்றம் முன்பு கொண்டு செல்லவில்லை?

ஜல்லிக்கட்டு விளையாட்டால் மிருகங்களுக்கு எந்த ஆபத்தும் இல்லை என்ற உண்மை உச்ச நீதி மன்றம் முன்பு வைக்கப்படவே இல்லை.

முன்பு காளைகள் உழவர்கள் குடும்பத்தில் ஒரு அங்கமாக இருந்தன.

காளைகள் உழவர்களின் நண்பர்களாகக் காணப்பட்டு, அவற்றைத் தழுவி விளையாடும் சடங்கின் பெயர் தான் ஜல்லிக்கட்டு.

இன்று அந்த இடத்தை ட்ராக்டர்கள் பிடித்ததால், பசுமாடுகள் அடிமாடுகளாகத் துவங்கி பல வருடங்கள் ஆகிவிட்டன.

பசுவின் சாணம் உலகிலேயே சிறந்த உரம். பசு மாடுகள் இருந்தால், அந்த உரத்தின் மதிப்பு என்றேனும் மக்களது கவனத்திற்கு வந்து கொள்ளை லாபம் அடிக்கும் ரசாயன உரத் தயாரிப்புக் கம்பெனிகளின் பிழைப்பில் என்றேனும் மண் விழ வாய்ப்புண்டு. அந்த உரத்தால் உடல் உபாதை அபாயங்கள் கிடையாது. ஆனால் ரசாயன உரத்தால் பூமி தரிசாகிறது. இந்த உண்மை தெரியாத விவசாயிகள் ரசாயன உரங்களை அதிகமாகப் பயன்படுத்துகிறார்கள். இந்த ஒரு சாதாரண உண்மை வெளிபட்டு, ரசாயன உரத் தயாரிப்புக் கம்பெனிகளுக்கு லட்சக்கணக்கான கோடி ரூபாய் அளவில் கிடைக்கும் அடாவடி லாபம் வருங்காலத்தில் மறையும் வாய்ப்புண்டு. உலகின் பல பகுதுகளில் “பசுமை” “இயற்கை உரம்” என்ற கோஷங்கள் எழும்பி உள்ளன. அது தமிழகத்தில் தழைத்தோங்க பயன்படக்கூடியவை பசு மாடுகள், காலைகள். இதை இல்லாமல் செய்து விட்டால், ரசாயன உரத் தயாரிப்புக் கம்பெனிகளின் அதைத் தடுக்க, உள்ளூர் பசு மாடுகல் தமிழகத்தில் சுத்தமாக இல்லாமல் செய்ய முற்படுவார்கள் என எண்ணத் தோன்றுகிறது. அதைத் தடுக்க ஒரே வழி, காளைகள் இல்லாமல் செய்வது. ஜல்லிக்கட்டு இருந்தால், காளைகள் இருந்தே தீரும். ஜல்லிக்கட்டை ஒழித்தால், அனைத்து மாடுகளையும் இறைச்சிக்காக விற்று விடுவார்கள்.

மேலும் பசுவின் கழிவான கோமியம் உலகில் தலைசிறந்த பூச்சிக்கொல்லி. தற்போது விற்கப்படும் ரசாயன மருந்துகளால் பல உடல் உபாதைகள் உருவாகின்றன.

இதனால் மருந்துக் கம்பெனிகளுக்கும் லாபம்.

பாலுக்காக, வெளி நாட்டுப் பசுக்கள் வரவழைக்கப்படும்.

அவை கொழுப்பான பால் கறக்க இறந்த மீன், பன்னி, ஆடு, கோழி, பசு, காளை ஆகியவற்றின் எலும்புத் தூள், மட்டுத்தீவனமாகப்பட்டு விற்கப்படுகின்றன.

பசுவைத் தின்பது ஹிந்துக்களைப் பொறுத்தவரைப் பாபம்.

பன்றியை உண்பது இஸ்லாமியர்களுக்கு தடை செய்யப்பட்ட விஷயம்.

இந்த ரசாபாசமான விஷயத்தை மறைக்க “சைவம், அசைவம்” என்ற சற்சையைக் கிளப்பி மேலும் குழப்பங்களை உருவாக்க, சில அடிப்படைவாதம் புரியும் ஹிந்து-இஸ்லாமிய மதவாதக் கட்சிகள் தூண்டிவிடப்படும்.

உள்ளூர் பசுக்கள் இல்லாமல், அசைவப்பசுக்களின் பால் மட்டுமே கிடைக்க அது வழி வகுக்கும். அதன் சாணத்திற்கும் கோமியத்திற்கும் உள்ளூர் பசுக்கழிவிலுள்ள அளவுக்கு “உரத்தன்மையும், கிருமி ஒழிப்புத் திறனும்” இருக்காது என ஒரு கருத்து நிலவுகிறது.

மிஞ்சப்போவது குழப்பமும், உர, பூச்சிக்கொல்லி மருந்து தயாரிக்கும் நிறுவனங்களின் லாபமும், ஆங்கில மருந்துக் கம்பெனிகளின் அடாவடி வியாபாரக் குயுக்திகலும் மட்டுமே.

இந்த உண்மைகளை மறைக்கும் பொருட்டு எத்தனை வழக்கறிஞர்களுக்கு யார் யார் எப்போதெல்லாம், எப்படி எல்லாம் பணம் கொடுத்தனர் என்ற கேள்வியும் எழுகிறது. இதற்கு விடை கிடைப்பது கஷ்டம். கிடைத்தாலும், “அது தொழில் சம்பந்தமான விஷயம்” எனப் பூசி மொழுகி விடுவார்கள்.

போதாக்குறைக்கு ஒரு சிலரை ஏவிவிட்டு, பொய் வீடியோக்களைத் தயாரித்து ஜல்லிக்கட்டு பற்றிய மிருகக் கொடுமைக் கட்டுக்கதைகளைப் புனைய முயற்சிகள் நடக்கலாம். அவற்றையும் முறியடிப்பது கஷ்டமான விஷயம்தான்.

இதன் காரணமாகத் தான் உண்மைகள் உச்ச நீதிமன்றத்திடமிருந்து மறைக்கப்பட்டன என்று நம்ப நிறையவே இடமிருக்கிறது.

இது ஆரம்பம் தான். இன்னும் நிறைய நாறும் உண்மைகள் உள்ளன. அவை நாளை!

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!

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?

India’s CBI Blots Its Copybook Once More

India’s federal top-cop ‘firm’ – the Central Bureau of Investigation [CBI], covered itself in shame when a local judge pronounced 2 persons accused of rape and murder ‘not guilty’. This was reportedly made possible mainly due local cops covering-up their shameful shoddiness and the central cops’ hanky-panky methods of investigation, it is said.

The grotesque event took place in India’s picturesque, sun-baked tourist Shangri-la – Goa, reports said. The court trial, a Delhi wag commented, was ‘burlesque raised to the power of infinity.’

The two suspects – Samson D’Souza and Placido Carvalho were found not guilty of ‘culpable homicide’ and ‘sexual assault’. They were also cleared of charges pertaining to causing injury and/or death through supplying drugs and destruction of evidence.

The sordid story in great detail has been presented by the right-wing newspaper The Telegraph of London.

Such shenanigans for the CBI are nothing new.

CBI sleuths have ‘succeeded’ in covering-up serious, very high profile cases – that include political murders and scandals whose financial value runs into £1 trillion!

One of the biggest beneficiaries of CBI’s lackadaisical largesse is none other than the suspect double agent working against India and heading the Indian National Congress – and India’s Lady Macbeth – Sonia Gandhi!

“In the United Kingdom, the acronym CBI stands for Confederation of British Industry. In India officially CBI stands for its federal police. But, in reality, the feral outfit’s 3 letters ought to be enlarged as ‘corrupt bureaucracy incorporated’. Nothing else can be closer to the truth,” remarked a Delhi wag.

The above include the sinking of – INS Sindhurakshak a naval submarine – in the harbour in Mumbai – India’s financial capital 3 years ago. The act is said to be linked to India’s most wanted criminal – Dawood Ibrahim – currently believed to be in Pakistan.

Ibrahim’s aides virtually run the busiest port in that part of the nation – despite authorities being in possession all the vital evidence. One such authority is Narendra Damodardas Modi – the Prime Minister of India!

In recent times, a Swathi, 24-year woman – working in an outsourcing firm in the southern metropolis – Chennai – was slaughtered in broad daylight. Her alleged killer was found dead in a prison cell in a ‘suspicious’ manner – rendering the trial trail shamelessly ‘short-circuited’.  

Two of the major beneficiaries of shoddy work by the CBIVijay Mallya and Lalit Modi are residents in Britain!

“Money earned through questionable means buys freedom in India. And such freedom is enjoyed abroad. One such safe haven is – ironically – Great Britain,” the capital wag added.

Shameful policing in Tamil Nadu electrocutes a high-profile ‘dead-end’

Chennai is in the news for the wrong reasons yet again on the issue of the brutal murder of 24-year-old S. Swathi, a software engineer employed in Infosys.

Her alleged killer, P Ramkumar, reportedly committed suicide in the high security Puzhal prison located 20 km northwest of the southern metropolis’s power centre – Fort St George.

Revenge triumphs over death; love slights it; honour aspires to it; grief flies to it; fear preoccupies it, said Francis Bacon.

That roughly sums up Tamil Nadu’s lopsided policing system – a state where there is neither law nor order and is the crying shame of its highly corrupt uniformed fraternity! It also entails the dead-ends of 2 lives. The first was an innocent 24-year-old girl Swathi. She reportedly spurned the advances of a stalker and got fatally chopped. Ramkumar, her alleged tormentor took his secrets to a mysterious end, in a virtually unbelievable method of suicide inside a high security prison. It betrays that the police department badly needs story-tellers who can spin a logical yarn to justify the most illogical incident.

Ramkumar allegedly committed suicide by “pulling and biting into a live electric wire” inside the southern metropolis Chennai’s central prison in Puzhal on September 19 2016, officials said.

Operative excerpts from The Hindu:

According to a prison official, around 4.30 p.m., a jail warder heard an unusual sound and rushed to find Ramkumar lying unconscious with a live electric wire in his mouth near the dispensary block. It is “presumed” that he pulled out the live wire from a switchboard and bit it.

After switching off the main power, the warder, with the assistance of others, rushed Ramkumar to the prison hospital where first-aid was administered. Since his pulse was deteriorating, doctors referred him to the Government Royapettah Hospital where Ramkumar was declared “dead on arrival”.

Ramkumar’s lawyers were about to move the court for his bail plea on September 19. A phone call from the prison around 4.40 p.m. said Ram Kumar was being taken to a hospital after he suffered stomach disorder. A few minutes later, another caller said Ramkumar was dead. “He was healthy when I met him last in the prison on August 11”, the victim’s father Paramasivam said on phone from Tirunelveli, located 600 km south of Chennai.

In July, the Chennai police had claimed that Ramkumar had slit his throat when they had gone to his house in Tirunelveli district to arrest him.

Alleging foul play in his death, several politicians including Leader of Opposition M.K. Stalin demanded an independent probe into the matter.

Compare the incident with what Vijay Kumar, the new Additional Director General of Police, Prisons Department, Tamil Nadu has to say:

Prison is a vital arm of the Criminal Administration System. The Personnel of the Prison Department have the onerous task of protecting the Society from those incarcerated by due process of law. The Penal System in the Modern times has undergone several Changes and the focus is now on Reformation and Rehabilitation and not retribution and punishment.

Human rights are inalienable rights and every inmate of the prison has a right to be treated with dignity. Prison walls are not an impediment to the penetration of Human rights. 

Mahatma Gandhi said “The prisoners are wards of the State and not Slaves”. The prison personnel have been suitably sensitized on the nature of their duties through intensive basic and in service training.

Prison Department sincerely dedicates itself for the cause of peace and tranquility in society.

Of course, death is a tranquil state in itself.

Swathi was murdered on June 24 early morning in the left ventricle of the city.

Operative excerpts from the blog penned by this writer in July:

The 24-year-old victim was hacked to death between 6 and 7 in the morning. The scene of crime is one of the platforms of Nungambakkam railway station. The minor rail terminal is located on the main route that links Chennai to the rest of the state. The city police headquarters is a mere 3.8 km to the northwest of the scene of crime.

Swathi, a 24-year-old female Infosys employee was brutally hacked to death at the Nungambakkam railway station in Chennai on June 24 around 6 am. The ill-fated victim was bound for Mahindra Tech City in the suburbs where she worked, a credible news website said.

The victim lived virtually next door to the railway terminal. She was dropped at the station by her father retired civil servant male parent Santhana Gopalakrishnan, a few minutes before the murder.

Close-circuit television cameras in the vicinity captured images of a young man wearing black trousers and a checked shirt – whom – unnamed eyewitnesses have identified as her murderer.

The perpetrator, it is said, had a loud quarrel with her before hacking her fatally with a machete.

Many glaring details have been conspicuously left out by the sections of Chennai’s paid press. Its majority comprises amateur cowboys and cowgirls only chase fat envelopes stuffed with currency notes and other trappings obtained through abuse of power.

The city police headquarters and the state railway police headquarters are located some 3 km from the scene of crime in Egmore. While the public apathy is being flayed, the careless, cavalier attitude of the brown shirt top brass isn’t even being mentioned.

None of the reports indicate as to whether the Additional Director General of Police in charge of the state’s railway police wing [the name on the cops’ relevant website is Seema Agarwal, IPS] held an enquiry to find out what her subordinates, meant to patrol the platforms 24/7, were doing when the reprehensible event took place. Whether some responsibility for dereliction of duty was fixed remains a total mystery. The same duties are meant to be performed by the Railway Protection Force. There has been no action in that turf as well.

The names appearing as the zonal head [rank of CSC – SC Parhi and the all India DGP – RPF – Surendra Kumar Bhagat do not figure in any of the press reports. This is despite the fact that it is incumbent upon these officials to hold inquiries, fix responsibility and punish those who did not perform their duty.

Incidentally, Seema Agarwal was invited to the United States of America as per letter dated April 18 2016, signed by Cecelia R, to attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police [IACP] to be held in a facility maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Quantico, Virginia, US of A between June 20 and 24 2016.

The expenses were to be met by India. In the absence of Seema Agarwal, Deputy Inspector General of Police – J Bhaskaran, conducted enquiries, by cursorily visiting the station for a few minutes. He made the usual noises like a seasoned rooster.

So far, none in the railway police – with central and state regimes’ denominations – has been hauled up for dereliction of duty – at the time of writing.

Media reports do not indicate as to whether the General Manager Vasishta Johri – whose residence is located very close to the scene of crime visited the spot or ordered an enquiry to find out what the on-duty Station Master and/or Assistant Station Master in Nungambakkam were up to at the time of occurrence. Significantly, the offices of the SM are located within 20 metres of the spot where Swathi was killed. As a matter of rule, the officiating SM ought to be standing on the platform to monitor long distance trains plying on the route and wave the green flag.

The uninformed consider this waving to be a meaningless formality. Railways’ internal manuals say that the SMs are meant to pay close attention to any unusual noise emanating from long-distance trains clickety-clack on the tracks – to discern forthcoming mishaps while whizzing past without stopping. The exercise of SMs patrolling the platform, the rule books add, also is meant to ensure the official maintains an alert vigil on the railway platform to prevent untoward incidents.

A team of the city police was assisting the government railway police (GRP) in cracking the case, commissioner T K Rajendran said.

[Rajendran has since been promoted and posted as Director General of Police, in charge of the entire state.]

The GRP suffers from a severe staff crunch, sources said. Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted his reaction: “Directed Member (Staff) Rly Board 2 provide all help, tk up da issue wth State Govt fr taking immediate appropriate actn 2 book da culprit.”

All this is expected to produce results measurable in less than zilch.

The state police outfit has highly reprehensible record in cover-ups of crimes.

The biggest cover-ups by Tamil Nadu cops with the connivance of the Central Bureau of Investigation have placed heavy lids on the nation’s biggest scandals.

  1. The telecom scandal – with the 5-year-old stink of the suspected murder of former Union Telecom Minister Andimuthu Raja’s aide – Sadiq Batcha was botched by the Chennai police. This is despite the emergence of a televised statement of an individual who claimed to have killed Batcha with the help of a serving Inspector General of Police Jaffer Sait! The great ‘investigative journalist geniuses’ of Chennai are totally silent about it.
  2. Former Union Minister P Chidambaram – who continues to wield a weird influence over the Central Bureau of Investigation and the local police – is involved in huge misdemeanours.
  3. Another strange incident concerns the lies about the murder of former PM Rajiv Gandhi – uttered by – yet again – the same Chidambaram. Yet, despite the ‘popular’ belief that he is on the wrong side of state Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the recount minister is not touched either by the TN cops or by the CBI. And then, there are strange truths about the Harvard don – euphemistically known as the Chidambaram Secrets. All these have been buried – with what seems like criminal willingness on part of the Tamil Nadu police.
  4. One of India’s biggest scandals concerns the one concerning Granite Exports by a gang of criminals. Despite the passage of over 5 years, precious little has happened despite the intervention of the Madras High Court. This is despite the cops being given all the details of the scandal whose worth is believed to be in excess Rs.20 lakh crores! None has cared to record that initially state cops had termed the scandal worth Rs.17,000 crores – hugely contradicted by a probe conducted by an IAS officer Sagayam, who said the scam is worth Rs.1.10 lakh crores! It involves a triple murder, secret Swiss bank accounts and the list of accused could include former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and former DGPs!