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Adityanath govt files FIR against 2 bo­gus com­pa­nies ac­cused of buy­ing 7 out of 21 govt sugar mills sold by Mayawati dur­ing her regime in 2010-11

DNA (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - Srawan Shukla srawan.shuka@dnain­dia.net

Lucknow: In a blow to BSP supremo Mayawati, the Yogi Adityanath gov­ern­ment has filed an FIR against two bo­gus com­pa­nies ac­cused of buy­ing seven out of 21 gov­ern­ment sugar mills sold by former chief min­is­ter dur­ing her regime in 2010-11.

Af­ter as­sum­ing power, Adityanath had or­dered a probe into the sale of 21 gov­ern­ment sugar mills by Mayawati on the ba­sis of the CAG au­dit re­port, which had in­dicted the former CM for sell­ing th­ese state-owned mills at a loss of Rs 1179 crore to the state ex­che­quer.

Of 21 mills, 10 were op­er­a­tional, while the oth­ers were al­ready shut down. Be­sides ma­chin­ery, th­ese mills were built on an area of over 500 hectares worth Rs 2000 crore in to­day’s mar­ket value. Pre­vi­ously, in 2004-05, the Mu­layam Singh gov­ern­ment also at­tempted to sell 24 sugar mills, but it was stalled due to an in­ter­ven­tion by the High Court.

Dur­ing the probe, it was found that bo­gus com­pa­nies — Nam­rata Mar­ket­ing Pri­vate Lim­ited and Giriyasho Pri­vate Lim­ited — were cre­ated to buy seven mills in Bareilly, Har­doi, Deo­ria, Lak­sh­mi­ganj, Bara Bank, Chi­tauni and Ramkola.

On ver­i­fi­ca­tion of their pa­pers, it was found that both the com­pa­nies were bo­gus and cre­ated us­ing forged sig­na­tures of fic­ti­tious direc­tors on fake ad­dresses. Direc­tors of the com­pa­nies have stated to the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer that they never had any­thing to do with th­ese two com­pa­nies.

On the ba­sis of the in­quiry re­port, the UP State Sugar Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, SK Mehra lodged an FIR at the Gomti­na­gar Po­lice Sta­tion late Thurs­day night against own­ers and direc­tors of th­ese two bo­gus com­pa­nies.

Sug­ar­cane Min­is­ter Suresh Rana said, “Go­ing by the vol­ume of fraud in the sale of 21 sugar mills, the gov­ern­ment may hand over fur­ther probe to the CBI to as­cer­tain big­wigs, in­clud­ing politi­cians, in­volved in the sugar mill scam.”

The FIR has been reg­is­tered against Nam­rata direc­tors Rakesh Sharma, Dhar­men­dra Gupta, Sau­rabh Mukund and Mohd Javed. On the ba­sis of the FIRs, the Gomti­na­gar po­lice is con­duct­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion to dig out names of those be­hind over 1200 crore sugar mill scam.

In­ter­est­ingly, de­spite the CAG re­port, then Akhilesh gov­ern­ment did not ini­ti­ate any probe into the sugar mill scam. Then sug­ar­cane min­is­ter Naseemud­din Sid­diqui washed off his hands from the murky deal say­ing that he has noth­ing to do with the scam, as all the 21 sugar mills were sold out on the in­struc­tions of then CM Mayawati and BSP Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Satish Chan­dra Mishra.

One of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries was liquor baron, late Ponty Chadha, whose com­pa­nies had bought five prime sugar mills for a pal­try Rs 206 crores while the land value of th­ese mills was over Rs 1000 crore.

Former UP CM Mayawati

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