After Ram Nath Kovind as Indian President, NDA nominee Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu (68) has been elected as India’s 15th Vice-president. In final vote count, Naidu received 516 votes out of 760 valid votes, while opposition candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi got the support of 244 parliamentarians.
I promise to uphold the Constitution and the high standards set by my esteemed
— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) August 5, 2017
Known for his stance of zero tolerance on corruption Mr. Naidu has been involved in various scam during his political career. With his candidature these scams have come back to haunt him. Noted below are a few of them.
Land Allotment Scam
On 25th September 2004, Kushabhau Thakre Memorial Trust with Shri Venkaiah Naidu as chairman was allotted 20 acres of land in Shahpura, Bhopal valuing at a few hundred crore rupees, lease deed of which was registered on 06.01.2007. This land was allotted by BJP government of Madhya Pradesh for a pittance of one time premium of Rs 25 lakh and a yearly rent of Re 1. Even the ‘Land Use’ was changed from ‘Residential & Forestry’ to ‘Commercial’ as an act of favouritism by BJP government.
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All this was done without inviting an application in public domain in a completely arbitrary and whimsical fashion. Supreme Court of India quashed this allotment on 06.04.2011 in a PIL and passed stringent strictures of ‘political favouritism’ and cancelled the allotment of land.
A bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and Asok Kumar Ganguly had held that in the case of the allotment, “unfortunately, the Division Bench of the High Court overlooked that the entire process of reservation of land and allotment thereof was fraught with grave illegality and was nothing but a blatant act of favoritism on the part of functionaries of the State and summarily dismissed the writ petition.”
The apex court had also stated that the change of land use category went against provisions of the Bhopal Development Plan.
Land Grab Scam
Shri Venkaiah Naidu, the then BJP national president, was accused of grabbing 4.95 acres of land in Andhra Pradesh reserved for the ‘Poor and the Destitute’. On August 17, 2002; Shri Venkaiah Naidu was forced to return this 4.95 acres of land after public embarrassment and accusations of ‘wrongdoing’
Swarna Bharat Trust Scam
On June 20, 2017, the Telangana government issued a secret order exempting the Swarna Bharat Trust of Shri Venkaiah Naidu’s daughter Deepa Venkat from paying various charges amounting to more than Rs 2 crore to the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority.
As per the order, the organisation ‘Swarna Bharat Trust’ based in Nellore, to which Mr.Naidu’s daughter Deepa Venkat is the Managing Trustee, has been exempted from payment of a total of Rs 2,20,76,922.38 to HMDA towards developmental charges for total site area, proportionate layout charges, open space charges and compounding charges, for building in an extent of 36,143.5 square metres at Muchintal village of Shamshabad district.
In July 2014, the Telangana government placed an order amounting to about Rs 271 crore for the purchase of vehicles for the police from two companies – Harsha Toyota owned by Shri Venkaiah Naidu’s son and Himanshu Motors owned by the son of the Telangana chief minister KCR.
The Telangana Government directly forwarded the order of 2000 bikes and 3883 cars to these two dealers favoring the famous politicos. It is said that the Telangana Chief Minister KCR favoured his son and his close abide Venkaiah Naidu’s son.
Responding to these allegations, Naidu told reports that “Some people went to court, and the court has also dismissed it. I feel really sorry that they could stoop down to this level in this election also”. Union minister and senior BJP leader Ananth Kumar said whatever allegations have been levelled are “baseless and unsubstantiated.”
Land Allotment Scam SC scraps land allotment to Thakre trust
Land Grab Scam Naidu surrenders govt land assigned to him in Nellore
Swarna Bharat Trust Scam Secret order exempts Trust from development charges