Plea against Baig referred to Lokayukta police

The Special Lokayukta Court on Thursday referred to the City Lokayukta police the investigation into allegations of Congress legislator Roshan Baig possessing disproportionate wealth.

The investigation report is expected by August 17.

The complainant Abdul Haq Surathi, a 78-year-old resident of Shivajinagar, had accused Baig of amassing wealth disproportionate to known sources of income and making false statements to the Lokayukta in the assets and liabilities declaration.

 Surathi had earlier complained to the returning officer regarding disproportionate assets and suppression of the same in the affidavit filed by Roshan Baig and had also complained to the office of the Lokayukta in February 2009.

The complaint names Roshan Baig’s wife Sabiha Roshan, son Ruman Baig Rehman, Danish Publications Private Limited, Ruman Enterprises Private Limited and Sabiha Apparels Private Limited as the accused.

It states that there are discrepancies to the tune of Rs 100 crore in the statements made to the Lokayukta.

A major allegation pertains to the allotment of government land in December 2006 for his concern, Suby Electronics from Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation (Keonics).

The declaration made to the Lokayukta put the sale amount at Rs 19.47 lakh, but the declaration made in March 2010-11, says it was purchased for Rs 23.27 lakh.

Information obtained under RTI Act by the complainant showed the sale consideration at Rs 38.11 lakh.

The complainant alleges that this out of turn allocation of land was clear proof of abuse of position for individual gain.

While the land was obtained stating that Baig would be setting up a small scale industry, in reality he entered into an agreement with builders - Prestige Estate Projects Private Limited - much before the sale agreement with Keonics.

That land was later developed into a building measuring one lakh square feet and rented out to a MNC for a rent of Rs 2.5 crore per annum. The complaint also outlines discrepancies in declarations by family members.

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