Reality Check India

Lokpal Bhushans get 10,000 sq mt

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on April 20, 2011

A short post :

Exhibit-A : The cop

What he did not mention was the discretionary manner in which the Mayawati government, early this year, allotted this land to him and another 10,000 sq m farmhouse plot to his lawyer son Jayant Bhushan. And in what raises questions of conflict of interest, Jayant Bhushan has appeared against Mayawati in the Noida statue park case.


The cost of each farmhouse plot is Rs 3.5 crore and allottees had to pay just 10% — Rs 35 lakh — at the time of allotment, the rest in 16 instalments. This is less than a quarter of the market rate, according to Vikas Singh’s petition.

Source : IE (Bhushans get land from Mayawati)

Exhibit-B : The Robber

Amid mounting opposition pressure on Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa to quit following the controversy on allocation of prime urban land to his family members, the BJP leader’s son and daughter have surrendered their plots in the city.

Official sources said B Y Raghavendra, MP, submitted a letter to the Bangalore Development Authority surrendering 50 x 80 feet plot allotted to him in the upscale R M V Extension.

Source : IE (Yediyurappa Son /Daughter surrender plots)

A quick conversion of units :

Prashant Bhushan  allotted 10,000 Sq Mt Noida farmhouse = 45 grounds (40×60 sq ft each) = 2.5 acres ; about 22 TIMES the size of Yeddy’s son BS Raghavendra.

Jayant Bhushan  also allotted 10,000 Sq Mt Noida farmhouse = 45 grounds (40×60 sq ft each) = 2.5 acres ; about 22 TIMES the size of Yeddy’s son BS Raghavendra.

Actually, I dont mind these two luminaries taking crass advantage of this quota system. What really pisses me off is this defiant statement :

When contacted, Shanti Bhushan told The Indian Express: “My son and I were among the applicants and we were surprised when we got the allotment letters. I agree there is no transparency in the scheme and allotments have been made without any clear criterion. But why should we challenge this? The people who applied and were not given the farmland should challenge it. I have heard that bribes have passed hands for these allotments but, obviously, not from us. There may be a case for a scheme like this to be cancelled.”

Source (emphasis mine) : IE (Bhushans get land from Mayawati)

What ? Only people who get the shaft should challenge system ?

Then why are you (and your Dad)  in the drafting panel ? You obviously dont know the feeling of shaft.

You, and your son sought to take full advantage of a system. One which in your own words

  1. is not ‘transparent”
  2. without “clear criterion”
  3. you have heard bribes passed hands

This is pretty much what everyone who will appear before your Lokpal will claim.


In another development, Mother India has been shown the door and Tiranga is in.  Predictable.


6 Responses

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  1. Vinod said, on April 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Hi.. Isn’t it understood that people who suffered out of the land allotment should challenge it?
    Say, you get a Rs.500 note for doing nothing, will you go to police and submit it or will you keep it for yourself? answer is simple. Does that mean you’re taking advantage of system?

    Eventhough let’s say UP govt tried to favor them thro the allotment, have the Bhushans stopped fighting their case against UP?? so, what’s your pointing doing the blames. Let the investigations proceed.

    • Madhav said, on April 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm

      It’s not about whether you can take advantage of the system or not.
      The point is whether you can be the Lok Pal when you clearly are not different from an average human. What gives anyone the right to lord over others when one clearly has no qualms in gaming the system if personal gain is involved. The basic mechanism in question is flawed.

  2. Sharan Sharma said, on April 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    > Say, you get a Rs.500 note for doing nothing, will you go to police and submit it or will you keep it for yourself? answer is simple.

    Yes, it is simple. And depends on who you get the Rs. 500 from. And then there are more than the two options you’ve given.

    Incidentally, this is not the first time they/their group have taken this stand. Here‘s Arvind Kejriwal for example:

    The court has said the house should be given to them for Rs 1 lakh. If the court is saying ‘take the house for Rs 1 lakh’, should Shanti Bhushan have said ‘no, please take Rs 20 crore from me’?

    All this doesn’t inspire too much confidence, does it?

  3. sabhlok said, on April 23, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Thanks, RC

    This doesn’t sound right to me. No one is given away land by politicians without a quid pro quo. The truth will emerge.


  4. Seema Singh said, on May 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    This is indeed a reality check.. Here is another reality check about the methods employed by Anna

  5. Shabana said, on May 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Anna and gang could have concentrated on getting rid of criminals from our parliament… that is the most pertinent issue. … Back in 2006 Abu Salem was ready to contest elections and there was nothing that could be done to stop him.. how will Lokpal stop this???

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