Bhopal: The probe into the fraudulent transfer of state government properties in Mumbai has opened a can of worms. It now transpires that the Provident Fund Investment Company – a state government undertaking – had leased out government lands to private builders even when the Congress was ruling the state. The scam continued unchecked during the BJP regime.
The Company is trying to get an FIR registered against its sacked manager Atul Borkar. The Company’s managing director and principal secretary to the government Aniruddha Mukherjee is camping in Mumbai for the past two days and has recorded his statement and presented evidence against Borkar in the Cuffe Parade Police Station. Mukherjee has provided information about the modus operandi of the scamsters to the police.
Mukherjee said that, “We have been trying to get an FIR registered in the case for long. I have presented evidence at the police station over the past two days”. He said he does know whether an FIR has been registered.
The CBI is also probing the scam. The agency has already registered FIRs against unknown officials of the state finance department, the company and of the Thane Municipal Corporation. CBI sources said that after preliminary enquiry, names would be added to the FIR.
The probe has revealed that irregularities were committed in the company for the past at least 22 years. During the Congress rule, K D Menon, an officer of the Scheduled Caste Department was posted as manager of the company in Mumbai. Menon continued on his position in the BJP rule too. He loved his work so much that even after his retirement, he continued to serve the company on an honorarium of Re 1 per month.
Menon began the game of leasing out land which the company was supposed to look after, to influential builders. Later, the lease documents were spirited away and the builders became owners of the land. After Menon, Borkar used the same stratagem.
Politicians and bureaucrats both may find themselves in the dock in the scam. The CBI is scrutinising the call details of officials suspected to be involved in the case. The scrutiny has revealed that Menon and Borkar were in close contact with many big shots in the state government.
Not ready to vacant official bungalow
Atul Borkar, the sacked manager of the company is yet to vacate the official bungalow allotted to him at Edward Villa in Cuffe Parade. Sources said that frenetic attempts were made from the top level to save Borkar. The sacked manager is quite close to a senior officer occupying an important position. Borkar is said to have obliged the officer.