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BMIC is country’s biggest fraud: Deve Gowda

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Venting ire: The former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda addressing a press conference in Bangalore on Saturday.
Venting ire: The former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda addressing a press conference in Bangalore on Saturday.

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‘Quantum of land to be returned has been illegally reduced’

Chief Minister accused of betraying the interests of people

BANGALORE: Terming the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project, being promoted by Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise, as the “biggest fraud” in recent times amounting to the tune of Rs. 30,000 crore, the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda on Saturday accused Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa of “green-lighting” every fraudulent act in the project.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Gowda laid a battery of charges at the Chief Minister’s door that in large part pertained to the alleged nexus between Mr. Yeddyurappa and NICE managing director Ashok Kheny. He said that Mr. Yeddyurappa had favoured Mr. Kheny by terminating the B.C. Patil Commission of Inquiry ordered into the allegations pertaining to BMIC and cancelling the global tenders invited for completing the project. This has resulted in the NICE charging “extortionist toll” from the people of Karnataka.

As per the Frame Work Agreement, NICE was supposed to return to the government 14,255.7 acres of land of the total 20,193 acres required for the project after the toll collection period of 30 years. But, the quantum of land to be returned had been “illegally” reduced in the government records to 11,966 acres resulting in a “loot” equivalent of Rs. 30,000 crore, he said.

He charged Mr. Yeddyurappa with betraying the interests of the people of the State. Likening NICE to the East India Company, he said: “We must unite to throw out this company and its political benefactors, and bring them to justice.”

‘Hiding facts’

Both NICE and the government are attempting to “bury all frauds” by projecting the judgments of the Supreme Court and High Court in the company’s favour, he alleged.

Mr. Gowda alleged that NICE had used its clout to ensure that several files and crucial documents in possession of the government were not placed before the courts resulting in the State and land owners losing their cases before the courts.

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