Press Esc to close
Monday 26 September 2016
News updated at 3:52 PM IST
Weather
Max: 27.3°C
Min : 19.8°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

For Ponty Chaddha, connections just flowed

Sanjay Pandey Lucknow, Nov 17 , 2012 , DHNS

Ponty Chaddha, the undisputed liquor baron of Uttar Pradesh who was killed by his own brother in a shoot- out in Delhi on Saturday, kept his friends close.

That perhaps was the reason that Chaddha, who had close ties with BSP supremo Mayawati, remained unscathed even during Akhilesh Yadav’s regime.

Chaddha, who hailed from the brass city of Moradabad in UP, about 160 kms from New Delhi, took full advantage of his political connections in UP and delved into real estate, liquor, sugar mills and even supplying “anganvadi” food.

The Mayawati regime was quite generous with Chaddha and awarded his company liquor contract for the state. Later, the BSP government also sold, in a controversial deal, the loss making state-owned sugar mills at throwaway prices.

Chaddha’s liquor business was mired in controversy following charges that liquor was sold well above the printed price. It was alleged that he had a tacit understanding with officials and politicians and shared the spoils with them.

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India had also detected large-scale irregularities in the sugar mills deal and said the mills were grossly undervalued, resulting in windfall gains for the buyers. The CAG said Chaddha, who was also linked to the cartel, had bought five mills while the rest were sold to two other parties, including a BSP parliamentarian. The deal, according to the CAG, caused Rs 1,200 crore loss to state. The state government had
recently asked the Lokayukta to investigate into the deal.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during BJP's National Council Meeting at Kozhikode...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during BJP's National Council Meeting at Kozhikode...

Cyclists take part Cyclothon 2016 held on world car free day in Gurgaon...

Cyclists take part Cyclothon 2016 held on world car free day in Gurgaon...

Artists practice Garba in Ahmedabad...

Artists practice Garba in Ahmedabad...

School students at 'Mother Walk' rally to commemorate the canonization of Mother Teresa in Kolkata

School students at 'Mother Walk' rally to commemorate the canonization of Mother Teresa in Kolkata

Maratha community members hold a protest rally demanding justice for Kopardi rape victim...

Maratha community members hold a protest rally demanding justice for Kopardi rape victim...

An aerial view of the flood hit Edupalaya village in Medak district of Telangana...

An aerial view of the flood hit Edupalaya village in Medak district of Telangana...

Indian and U.S. army soldiers take part in an Indo-US army joint combat exercise in Ranikhet...

Indian and U.S. army soldiers take part in an Indo-US army joint combat exercise in Ranikhet...

St Patrick Church celebrating 175th anniversary in Museum Road, Bengaluru...

St Patrick Church celebrating 175th anniversary in Museum Road, Bengaluru...

Army personnel arrive to help flood affected people in Hyderabad...

Army personnel arrive to help flood affected people in Hyderabad...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah wave to the crowd at public rally...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah wave to the crowd at public rally...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523