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    Posted on 25 October 2012

    Lokayukta orders probe into role of three ex-CMs in Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project

    Probe will investigate roles of SM Krishna, BS Yeddyurappa and HD Deve Gowda in allegations of favouring Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Project Enterprises (NICE)

    Imran Khan

    The Lokayukta court on Thursday 25 October has ordered a probe into the alleged role of three former chief ministers of the state in the multi crore Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project (BMICP).

    Justice NK Sudhindra Rao has appointed an ADGP rank officer to probe the role of former Chief Ministers SM Krishna (Congress), BS Yeddyurappa (BJP) and HD Deve Gowda (Janata Dal (Secular)) in to the BMICP project where the former three chief ministers are accused of favouring the company Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Project Enterprises (NICE) by granting an excess of 6999 acres of land more than what was required to build a double lane Bangalore Mysore highway.

    Though, in his petition whistle blower TJ Abraham had also pleaded to probe the role of former Congress Chief minister Dharam Singh; Justice Sudhindra however excluded Dharam Singh’s name from the investigations.

    On September 17, TJ Abraham had filed a private complaint with the anti graft court Lokayukta against former chief ministers alleging irregularities in acquisition of farmers' land for the Bangalore-Mysore Express Highway project. In his private complaint, Abraham had asked the court to attach the entire extent of 6,999 acres allotted NICE Company for alleged "fraudulent" execution of the toll road project and to procure a report of all transactions that were made with respect to it.

    He also pleaded with the court to exercise the power conferred under section 4 of the Criminal Law Amendment Ordinance to direct the SP, Lokayukta Police, to forthwith attach the total toll illegally collected by NICE, the company which implemented the project, or through its agents.

    Abraham, had also filed a synopsis along with tabular presentation of claims made in the complaint, submitted that basic aim of the project, which was to create a concrete road of international standards connecting Bangalore and Mysore had not been fulfilled at all. He had cited 102 persons as accused including former Chief Ministers, Ashok Kheny, Managing Director NICE, Baba Kalyani, CMD Bharat Forge, Narayan Vaghul, Chairman ICICI, 57 IAS officers, former Advocate General Ashok Haranahally and William Weld, former Governor of Massachusetts USA, who was a part of the consortium that was awarded the project.

    Imran Khan is a Senior Correspondent with Tehelka.
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