Bangalore Mysore expressway scam: Probe ordered against SM Krishna, BS Yeddyurappa and HD Devegowda

1 Nov

SM Krishna former Chief minister of Karnataka and former External Affairs MinisterA special Lokayukta court on October 25, 2012 ordered Lokayukta police to probe the involvement of External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Devegowda(former prime minister of India 1996-97) in the alleged Mysore-Bangalore Express Highway scam.

A private complaint was filed by social activist TJ Abraham against the consortium of NICE (Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise) and various ministers and bureaucrats. In his complaint, he has accused 103 people of fraud including ex-chief ministers of all three major parties in Karnataka: B S Yeddyurappa, H D Devegowda, S M Krishna, Dharam Singh along with 57 IAS officers including 4 principal chief secretaries. Abraham has also alleged the involvement of ICICI Bank’s ex-chairman N Vaghul and former Advocate – General Ashok Haranahalli and NICE Managing Director Ashok Kheny. Total allotment of this scam could amount to Rs 17,000 crores.former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa

T.J. Abraham, highlighted alleged irregularities in the acquisition of farmers’ land for the project and the execution of the same.

Major allegations:

(1) Increase in extent of lands in the Frame Work Agreement
(2)Subsequent increase of government lands at minimum lease rent contrary to agreed conditions.
(3) Alignment shift of Peripheral Road, Link Road & Township No.1 brought in after 1998, but list gets circulated in 1997 itself.
(4) KIADB(Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board) enters into agreement with NICE on 14/10/1998, and incorporates fraudulent land list/details to the schedule
(5) Fraud in obtaining/claiming stamp duty exemption for the toll road and also increasing the private lands by deceit.
(6) Creation of sale of land at interchanges on toll road to facilitate financial closure for NECEL and to grab an additional extent of around 1,200 acres of private lands for mortgaging with ICICI Bank to raise funds:
(7) Construction of bituminous road instead of concrete road and collection of tolls ‘illegally’ and
(8) Preparation of Outline Development Plan (ODP) for 1,67,000 acres instead of 20,193 acres – ODP prepared by NICE and stamped by government as if prepared by latter.

HD Devegowda - former prime minister of IndiaIn the hearing in the Lokayukta court on 17th September, Abraham said, not a single kilometre of the ‘concrete road’ of Bangalore Mysore Expressway is built, as per the framework. He claims, “It was a myth created about Bangalore to Mysore expressway by NICE. In reality it is a Bangalore to Bangalore project exercised for land grabbing.”

Additional DGP (Lokayukta) H.N. Sathyanarayana Rao has been ordered to conduct the probe against the three(Krishna, Yeddyurappa, Devegowda) and 27 others.