On August 16, 2017 we published a report on How Adani Siphoned Off Rs 14938472484 From India To Tax Havens. This was a follow up article on the investigations carried out three years ago by Paranjoy Guha Thakurta published by Economic and Political Weekly titled Power Tariff Scam Gets Bigger at Rs 50,000 crore. In July this year after intimidation by Adani’s lawyers for his reporting of Adani’s many scams, Paranjoy resigned from EPW. A detailed report called the #AdaniFiles that summarizes the mining giant Adani’s track record, based on publicly available evidence and research into hundreds of court documents can be read here – #AdaniFiles – Short History Of An Allegedly Dangerous & Criminal Organization. Read our follow-up story on the issue here – Inside The Secret Network Trying To Sabotage India’s Coal Industry. Now Australia’s TV Channel ABC/Four Corners after months of investigations into Adani’s dubious dealings have aired their findings as a documentary titled Digging into Adani – The dubious dealings of India’s corporate colossus.
When Four Corners travelled to India to investigate the activities of the giant Adani group, they soon discovered the power of the company.
“Why would the crime branch want to see us?” Stephen Long, reporter
While attempting to film and gather information about Adani’s operations, the Four Corners team had their cameras shut down, their footage deleted and were questioned for hours by police. The team were left in no doubt that their investigations into the Indian company triggered the police action.
For months, Four Corners has been digging into the business practices of the Adani Group. This is the corporate colossus that plans to build Australia’s biggest mine site. The polarising debate around the proposed mine site in Queensland’s Galilee Basin is often pitted as a simplistic jobs versus greenies argument. But there are influential figures in India who warn that Australians need to know much more about the Adani Group.
“You know, the Australian politicians are obviously not properly briefed by their offices.” Former Indian Senior Energy official
Four Corners examined the troubled corporate history of the Adani group in India revealing the findings of government investigations into financial and environment crimes.
“The report found not accidental violations, the report found deliberate violations, wilful violations.” Former Indian Government Minister
The program analyses the Adani Group’s opaque financial operations and investigates the ramifications for their Australian operations.
“What this tells you is that here is a business group that will not stop at anything to maximise its profits.” Economist
Four Corners investigations also found the harmful effects of Adani’s coal plants on the health of families living nearby. Children of these families have coal-dust stuck into their lungs and they routinely vomit coal in the morning.
To build its Mundra Port Adani dug up the ground that was used by cows and buffaloes for grazing. And now fly ash from Adani’s coal-fired plant has contaminated the land so much so that there has been a spate of stillbirths among these cows and buffaloes.
Digging into Adani, reported by Stephen Long and presented by Sarah Ferguson, first aired on Monday 2nd October at 8.30pm on ABC NEWS channel program Four Corners. Full documentary can be watched here.