Modus Operandi Of Tamil Nadu Granite Fraud,Bribe Tiers.
The TAMIN,Tamil Nadu Minerals was formed in 1979 by the GR Government to earn money and to provide employment for the villagers in quarrying.
The Government was the only Agency to mine and market minerals including Granites.
About ten years back, it was decided to allow private sector into the filed and the owner’s of the land where the Mineral was found to market their own Granite.
This how the private sector made entry into this business and the officials ,in cahoots with the Businessmen advised them to make use of the loopholes in the law.
Rates/month have been fixed for the officials .
Imagine the amount over 10 years!
An unofficial estimate says the sum involved is to the tune of 45,000 Crore.!
The money was disbursed in Gunny Bags and it is named as ’Vibhuti Pocket’
The money was used to be stored in an old house in a village with a number of Steel Bureaus and an old man would be occupying the house in a humble cot.
This money was used to be disbursed from Madurai up to the Port of Tuticorin in the same way.
Following the preliminary Report of the then Collector of Madurai, Mr.Sahayam, the present Collector Mr.Ansul Misra, has ordered raids on the quarries.
Surprise awaited them.
1.Many quarries were missing!-Stones have been dumped into the quarries to cover it.
2.Lands were occupied illegally.
3.Local Tanks ‘called ‘Kanmais’ were occupied and mined.
4.Some quarries which were licensed were missing.(by dumping stones in the mines/quarry).
This is not all.
Olympus Granites 9P) Ltd, a Company in which Durai Dayanidhi,the son of Union Minister for Fertilizer Azhagiri and Grand son of DMK Supremo,M.Karunanidhi,had obtained ‘Mining License’ for mining by Tunnel in a spot adjacent to TAMIN,Government quarry.
The place chosen by the Company has no known traces of Granite or minerals!
The Company has shown that they have paid a lease amount for 1865 Cu.M.
No quarrying has been done there!
What they have done is to take out the Granite from the Government quarry , show it in their account and sold it!
The Officials have been bribed.
Sindhu Granites have been mining under a village where people live(Rangasamy Puram)!
PRP Exports is another Company which was indulging n large scale fraud.
All these Companies have been booked and FIR filed.
The employees of these Companies have been arrested, including the senior executive of Olympus Granites.
Duarai Dayanidhi says he resigned from the Company in 2010.
How the lid came off the scam is very interesting.
One of the Companies’ Quarrying was cancelled for an offence.
The owner of the quarry met the senor officer and bribed 10 lakhs.
On seeing this,the officer cancelled thed the licences of all the quarries and the proprietors have paid him and the quarries were allowed to operate.
In the process one quarry was left out.
The proprietor let it be known to the Government the whole drama enacted to get bribe and this reached the CM,Jayalalithaa.
She ordered for a preliminary Report from the then Madurai Collector Mr.Sahayam and he promptly shot off a report that the Government has been defrauded at least Rs.15,000 Crore.
Source Junior Vikatan 12/8 and Kumudam Reporter 16/8/2012.