Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Satyam - Maytas Saga and RTI !!!

Me and fellow RTI activist Umesh chanced upon some interesting information when Umesh filed an RTI on EWS (economically weaker sections housing). This was almost a month before Ramalinga Raju announced his resignation. Had we pursued it then itself, we would probably have unearthed the biggest corporate scam. Anyways better late than never.

The investigation by our group was started when we observed certain companies (14) applying for land use change citing needs of SEZs being developed by Maytas Properties Pvt. Limited.

All these companies are represented by Rajus and all surprisingly have similar sounding names which raised doubts. We then decided to conduct our enquiry using public documents like those available with RoC and Revenue Department Land Records.


We held a press conference on 10th February, 2009 and below are the details.

(Open the link and then download the documents from Sky Drive)

1. The Press Invite

2. The Press Note

3. More details about the companies

The documents revealed the story behind and how even the regulatory agencies like the ROC did not find anything fishy in this apparent and brazen way of misleading people and the system.

Sample this one document and you will know what went on behind the scenes.
"B. Teja Raju (son of Ramalinga Raju) resigns from one company namely "Maytas Ventures SEZ" and interstingly quotes the name of an other company "Maytas Hill County SEZ" in the body of the letter"

The press meet was well attended and it was covered in both the National and Local dailies.

Indian Express


The Hindu

The Times of India

Andhra Jyothy




Vaartha



Sakshi



Eenadu



This is just a sample of what RTI can do.


Use RTI !!!

7 comments:

Rumm... said...

Wonderful work! Gr8 going Rakesh! :)

Satyam said...

It is reallly a wonderful work - something like the reports / investigations of
A.Shourie - IE,Chitra-Hindu etc.

The irony that an ordinary citizen 'సామాన్యుడు' is doing something
when all the guys/institutions who are supposed to do their duties have failed miserably/intentionally.

Congrats for your spirited fight for the public cause.

Keep going.

Krishna

Namita said...

BRAVO!
keep up the good work.

2611 Citizens watch said...

amazing job Rakesh. You should be in Loksatta. You will be a great addition to the Loksatta team. I am sure Dr.JP will more than welcome and help you in your great work.


-Kiran

Sri said...
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Sri said...

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality."
- Desmond Tutu

So many of us shirk the responsibility of doing their part for the country / society citing neutrality, or because it doesn't directly affect them. In such a scenario, it is nice to see your efforts. Your articles particularly on Farmer's suicide pain me...while the one on Government Sponsored tours and this Maytas are disgusting. Bringing figures and facts to light has a different impact than just general statements about the happenings... its shocking to learn that a Government that has millions to spend for so many useless and pointless things lets its farmers die. I read a news article a few days back that soem department filed a charge against soem MLA for having not submitted bills for the entire 1 crore or so advance he had taken for emergency treatment. It seems the advance approved was very much in excess of the standard allowance / eligibility, but was sanctioned on a priority basis at the discretion of the C.M because the MLA was a close associate. Reading that, it pained me that in the same state, so many needy children do not have the sanction for much needed heart operations,a nd have to bear much of the expenses and run from pillar to post for getting a minimum amount sanctioned.......what kind of justice is this ...

If there is anything you people want to do, or take up, count on my support.

God bless us all !

sarasvati said...

hi krishna,

" the ordinary citizen" is the foundation of democracy. and the reason why our institutions have failed is because 'we all" have stopped taking interest in their functioning, we have not bothered to hold them responsibile / accountable.

we voted them to power and expected them to show results...it doesn't happen that way...

so may be it is about time, more people joined up with efforts of Rakesh.

What do you say?