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Arcot Veerasamy files petition on land allotment by govt

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Chennai, Apr 13 (UNI) DMK Treasurer Arcot N Veerasamy today filed a petition in the Madras High Court, seeking a CBI probe into the allotment of 123 acres of government land in Shozhinganallur village, Old Mahabalipuram road, to five private parties by Tamil Nadu Government.

In his petition, Mr Veerasamy said several major information technology companies had established offices in the Tharamani to Mahabalipuram Road section in land provided by the erstwhile DMK government and 300 acres of government poromboke was alloted to ELCOT to set up the Knowledge Industrial Township (KIT). The area was declared Information Technology Highway.

It had been reliably understood that the present AIADMK government had allotted 123 acre government land at Shozhinganallur village to five companies for establishing KIT for a paltry sum of Rs 48 lakh per acre, which was far less in value than the market price. Market price was stated to be around Rs four crore per acre.

This sale was in flagrant violation of all rules and regulations pertaining to sale of government land to private parties, he added.

He alleged that estimated loss to the government exchequer was Rs 433 crore. Huge amounts had been paid as commission to several ruling party politicians and officials to push through the deal, he charged. The government had not followed established procedures for sale of such a large government property. It violated several procedures and granted liberal concessions to the companies, going against public welfare. The entire deal smacked of arbitrariness, was malafide and reeked of corruption, he added.

He contended that the timing of the allotment and haste with which it was done raised serious doubts about the deal. After Cabinet approval, the Government order dated March 1, 2006 was issued on March 2, 2006, ante-dated, as poll schedule was announced on March As high ranking Ministers and senior bureaucrats were involved in the scam, state police would not conduct an impartial investigation, he added.

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