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Ramdev lied blatantly. On what basis did he claim that Modi will bring back black money in 100 days?

BJP acknowledge that Ramdev played a big role in Modi’s victory. But he took the country for a big ride. Total lies.

We all know that Ramdev lied blatantly to me.

He protected a BJP candidate from punishment for use of black money (he then lied to the TV that he had not said anything secretly).

I now notice that a few days before the BJP candidate incident, he had lied to the whole of India about Modi’s bringing back black money in 100 days. How much? LAKHS OF CRORES OF RUPEES OF BLACK MONEY. [Source]

He confirmed this lie on his Twitter account:

See spare image of this tweet.

The man misled the whole of India about Modi. He misled India about black money (he himself ACTIVELY PROTECTS the use of black money by BJP).

The country will not forgive such blatant lies.

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Preliminary draft RTI to Election Commission of India – for public comment

And now the ECI:

PIO address

Sh. Kumar Rajeev, PIO for Rajasthan
Under Secretary (Ph: 23717057)
Election Commission of India
Nirvachan Sadan,
Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001

 Method for fees to be paid:

Postal Order drawn in favour of Under Secretary or Accounts Officer, Election Commission of India. In the case of fee paid by way of Indian Postal Order the same must be payable at “Post Office, Nirvachan Sadan, New Delhi” [Source].

(b) Subject matter of the information request:

Documents relating to any inquiry caused into the use of black money by BJP candidate Mahant Chand Nath (Alwar) in the 2014 General Elections.

(c) The period to which the information relates:

2014 to date.

(d) Specific details of information in less than 500 words: Details may be attached on additional A4 size paper if required.

In a video published by news agencies on 18 April 2014 (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csBktuL-tME#t=53), BJP candidate Mahant Chand Nath (Alwar) says to Ramdev:

अच्छा एक किसी नें कहीं से पैसे ल्यानें में बड़ी दिक्कत होती है. हमारेपकड़े भी गये

Translation: “Well, we are facing lot of problems in getting money [to this constituency]. Our people were also caught [by the Election Commission].”

To which Ramdev replies in a whisper:

आप बात करना बंद करो, बावरे हो क्या? यहाँ मत करो. [Laughs sheepishly]

Translation: “Don’t be an IDIOT. Stop this conversation now! [Don't talk such things in public].”

I seek the following information:

1) Copy of documents relating to complaints received by the Election Commission regarding this matter by the media and by political parties (such as Swarna Bharat Party).

2) Copy of official documents reporting this incident to the Election Commission, such as by the Returning Officer of Alwar or the Chief Electoral Officer of Rajashthan.

3) Copy of all official notings and decisions taken at the highest levels of the Election Commission on these complaints and reports.

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Preliminary draft RTI to Enforcement Directorate – for public comment

And now for the ED:

 PIO address

Sh. GS Chawla
Deputy Director (Ph: 011-24645663)
Directorate of Enforcement
Hqrs. Office
Government of India
6th Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan
Khan Market
New Delhi 110003

(b) Subject matter of the information request:

Information about the data compiled by the Enforcement Directorate regarding the funding, management and activities of Patanjali Food and Herbal Park Pvt. Ltd. Uttarakhand operated under the banner of Ramkishan Yadav (popularly known as Baba Ramdev) and various trusts and companies operated under his banner, including what can be called the Patanjali trusts (such as Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust Divya Yoga Mandir Trust and Bharat Swabhiman Trust) and companies owned or managed by such Truasts and his brothers Dev dutta and Ram Bharat, brother-in-law Jasdev Shastri, Acharya Balakrishna and Swami Muktananad or through others.

(c) The period to which the information relates:

2005 to date.

(d) Specific details of information in less than 500 words: Details may be attached on additional A4 size paper if required.

On 2 September 2011 the Times of India reported on ED’s investigations which found that that Ramdev’s trusts own over 100 companies registered with the Kanpur registrar alone. The Kanpur Registrar of Companies sent two CDs to the agency containing information on 100-odd companies now owned by Ramdev’s trusts, including Patanjali Yogpeeth. [Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/No-proof-of-Fema-violations-against-Ramdev-trusts-ED/articleshow/9829837.cms]

I would like to seek:

1) A copy of all documents including electronic data records collected during all EDF investigations into organisations (companies, trusts) operating under the Ramdev baner.

2) Copy of any closure report of investigations into these organisations.

3) Copy of reports on any ongoing invesgigations and any charges filed to date.

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Preliminary draft RTI to Ministry of Food Processing Industries – for public comment

And the next draft RTI for comment:

CPIO address

Shri SK Singh
Under Secretary
Ministry of Food Processing Industries
Panchsheel Bhawan
August Kranti Marg
New Delhi-110049
Tel No. 011-26493224, sk.singh@nic.in

(b) Subject matter of the information request:

Information about the land, funding, management and activities of Patanjali Food and Herbal Park Pvt. Ltd. Uttarakhand operated under the banner of Ramkishan Yadav (popularly known as Baba Ramdev) and various trusts and companies operated under his banner, including what can be called the Patanjali trusts (such as Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust Divya Yoga Mandir Trust and Bharat Swabhiman Trust) and companies owned or managed by such Truasts and his brothers Dev dutta and Ram Bharat, brother-in-law Jasdev Shastri, Acharya Balakrishna and Swami Muktananad or through others.

(c) The period to which the information relates:

2005 to date.

(d) Specific details of information in less than 500 words: Details may be attached on additional A4 size paper if required.

Patanjali Food and Herbal Park Pvt. Ltd. Uttarakhand (henceforth called “Food Park”) received Government approval of Rs. 50 crores on 27 March 2009, with Rs.45 crores released to date, according to records on the website of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.

I would like to seek the following documents in relation to the Food Park:

1) Copy of the business case/s that supported the approval of Rs. 50 crores.

2) Copy of details of land and ownership of land of the Food Park (including specific plot numbers and names of owners).

3) Copy of Government approval for use of the land for purposes of the Food Park.

4) Copy of the Government’s final approval letter dated 27.3.2009.

5) Copy of reports submitted by the Food Park to the Government of India.

6) Copy of documents relating to the names of companies operating in the Food Park. It is understood from the Times of India that Patanjali Ayurveda Limited is the largest concern with a paid up capital of 41 crore [Source: http://archive.tehelka.com/story_main49.asp?filename=Ne180611Coverstory2.asp]. Copy of documents relating to the names of the directors of these companies, including any proof of income of these directors.

7) Copy of any investigations or inspections conducted regarding compliance of the Food Park with the conditions imposed for the grant, in particular, whether the companies that are operating in the Food Park are genuinely independent companies, or whether these are merely shell companies basically owned by Baba Ramdev, his relatives or Acharya Balakrishna and Swami Muktananad.

8) Copy of any investigation into the business practices of the Food Park, particularly in relation to practice of dodging taxes and failing to disclose income through use of further shell companies and trusts to move profits out of the system.

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Preliminary draft RTI to Deputy Commissioner Solan – for public comment

Here’s the next draft RTI for comment:

PIO address
c/o Deputy Commissioner

Email: dc-sol-hp@nic.in

Solan, Himachal Pradesh -173212

Subject matter of the information request:

Information about the land and the various cases relating to the land occupied in Himachal Pradesh by activites under the banner of Ramkishan Yadav (popularly known as Baba Ramdev) and various trusts and companies operated under his banner in the State of Himachal Pradesh, including what can be called the Patanjali trusts (such as Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust Divya Yoga Mandir Trust and Bharat Swabhiman Trust) and companies owned or managed by such Truasts and his brothers Dev dutta and Ram Bharat, brother-in-law Jasdev Shastri, Acharya Balakrishna and Swami Muktananad or through others.

The period to which the information relates:

2008 to date.

Specific details of information in less than 500 words: Details may be attached on additional A4 size paper if required.

It was reported by the Former Punjab chief minster Captain Amrinder Singh on June 9, 2011 [URL: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/ramdev-amrinder-singh-slams-himachal-pradesh-government/1/140964.html] that the Himachal Pradesh Government awarded 28 acres of valuable land (worth over Rs.30 crores) near Sadhupul in Solan district on lease for 99 years for Rs.99 by the then BJP government in 2010.

It was reported by the Times of India on Feb 21, 2013 that Himachal Government has cancelled the lease on February 19 2013 [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Himachal-cancels-28-acres-allotted-to-Ramdev/articleshow/18602622.cms]. On February 22, 2013 the Himachal authorities, in a swift but peaceful move, took over the land given to Ramdev’s trust. On Feb 25, 2013, the Economic Times reported that Ramdev has appealed against this order to the Himachal Pradesh High Court. [http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-02-25/news/37289265_1_land-lease-sadhupul-trust-moves]

I seek the following:

1) Copy of the original order of 2010 leasing the land near Sadhupul in Solan district to Ramdev or to his associates or associated organisations, including all conditions attached to the lease.

2) Copy of all documents that justified this land being given to Ramdev on lease

3) Copy of the Himachal Government order of the February 2013 order cancelling the allocation, and copy of all documents justifying the cancellation of the lease.

4) Copy of any documents lodged by the Himachal Government in the Himachal High Court to defend against Ramdev.

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Preliminary draft RTI to Deputy Commissioner Haridwar – for public comment

I’ve tried to compile a preliminary draft RTI application to Deputy Commissioner, Haridwar, below. The information, once finalised, will be dropped into the draft RTI form I published yesterday.

Please provide comments/ thoughts. Share this widely so any potential additional information request can be included at the same time. All this is found my my booklet The Truth about Ramdev.

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PIO address

c/o Deputy Commissioner

Haridwar [Email: dm-har-ua@nic.in] – 249403

Subject matter of the information request:

Information about the land and the various cases relating to the land occupied in Uttarakhand by activities under the banner of Ramkishan Yadav (popularly known as Baba Ramdev) and various trusts and companies operated under his banner in the State of Uttarakhand , including what can be called the Patanjali trusts (such as Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust Divya Yoga Mandir Trust and Bharat Swabhiman Trust) and companies owned or managed by such Truasts and his brothers Dev dutta and Ram Bharat, brother-in-law Jasdev Shastri, Acharya Balakrishna and Swami Muktananad or through others.

The period to which the information relates:

2000 to date.

Specific details of information in less than 500 words: Details may be attached on additional A4 size paper if required.

It was reported in Tehelka on on 18 June 2011 (http://archive.tehelka.com/story_main49.asp?filename=Ne180611Coverstory2.asp] that two government orders in the month of July 2008 allowed the trusts and companies run by Baba Ramdev to buy 1,700 bighas (1 bigha is 800 sq m). Out of this, Baba asked the government to convert the 800 bighas in Mustafabad into industrial land.

Also, on 2 August 2010, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Haridwar, found Ramdev’s trust guilty of evading stamp duty to the tune of several lakh rupees. The SDM found that 16 properties purchased by Patanjali Ayurveda Limited were grossly undervalued to reduce the stamp duty paid. The SDM asked the company to not only pay the balance Rs 9 lakh stamp duty but also a penalty of Rs 5 lakh. Patanjali Ayurveda had purchased these properties right next to the National Highway but then tried to undervalue it.

The 18 June 2011 report of Tehelka also reported that the SDM Harveer Singh of Haridwar had investigated about 200 bighas which belonged to the village panchayat in Aurangabad and had allegedly been illegally occupied by Ramdev for the Yoga Gram. The report of 5 Ma reportedly says that “In the disputed area, an effort was being made to extend the area of Yoga Gram by constructing a wall in the dry riverbed. When we reached there, it was under construction and we forced them to stop. Apart from this, a path used by Aurangabad villagers to go to the jungle after crossing the river has also been blocked. When asked about the encroachment, the authorities of Yoga Gram told the SDM that the area was barricaded because of the fear of wild animals and since the area is so vast, we didn’t know that we had encroached upon the government land.  Further 2.982 hectares of government land was encroached upon by the Yoga Gram according to the SDM.

Apparently the land on which the Yoga Gram is established is not registered in the name of Yoga Gram but Kashtkar (according to the Revenue Department).

It was reported in The Hindu on 20 November 2013 that the then Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna announced that several properties held by the Patanjali trust had turned out to be benami transactions with no trace of the owners. [http://bit.ly/Xn9sjE] The CM announced that the Uttarakhand Government had registered 81 cases against Baba Ramdev and Patanjali Yogpeeth for violation of the Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms (ZALR) Act and the Indian Stamps Act. Of the 81 cases, 29 relate to illegal possession of land while 52 relate to evasion of tax and revenue, mainly relating to undervaluation of stamp duty that caused a loss of Rs.10 crores to the state exchequer.

It is understood that the Patanjali Trust had purchased 387.5 acres of land in Aurangabad and Shivdaspur villages of Haridwar district for establishing the Patanjali University, which was built just on about 20 acres. The rest of the land was being used for agriculture and has been retained as a land bank for future commercial uses.

Also, the Trust purchased 84.86 acres of land in village Mustafabad in the name of Patanjali Food and Herbal Park without seeking necessary permission from the authorities. The District Magistrate Nidhi Pandey found that no permission was taken by Ramdev in this regard. The DM initiated action to vest this land under section 167 of the ZALR Act.

The government had granted permission to the Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust for purchase of 141.17 acres of land for manufacture of ayurvedic medicines and research in Mustafabad village. But this land was used for food park, which was a “blatant violation” of terms and conditions for the purchase of the land.

It was reported in The Economic Times on Dec 12, 2013 that a further 15 cases were lodged in December against Ramdev, making a total of 96 cases.

I seek the following:

1) Copies of inquiry report and orders issued by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Haridwar to Patanjali Ayurveda Limited on 2 August 2010 or thereabouts, who found Ramdev’s trust guilty of evading stamp duty to the tune of several lakh rupees.

2) Copies of the inquiruy reports by the district administration on encorachments by Ramdev’s organisations such as in Yogram.

3) Copy of all documents of the 96 cases and any other cases so far lodged against Ramdev and/or his trusts, including:

  • the investigation report/s by the authorities;
  • all attachments cited in the report/s including photocopy of the land records (including name of Village, Khata No., Khasara No., area in bighas, area in acres, name of land holder, name of father of the land owner, address of the land owner, date of purchase);
  • all government permissions regarding Ramdev’s lands (such as the 2008 order allowing the purchase of of July 2008 allowed the trusts and companies run by Baba Ramdev to buy 1,700 bighas or permissions – if any – to create Yog Gram); and
  • efforts made to trace the registered land owners;

4) Copy of documents that provide a formal estimate of land value and stamp duty for each land investigated, and details of the estimation of the loss of Rs.10 crores (or more) to the exchequer, including all documentation that forms part of the prosecution case.

5) All subsequent documents related to the cases including record of the action/s taken by the Uttarakhand Government to prosecute Baba Ramdev and his many trusts, and copies of any any consequent judgements.

6) Copy of any investigations carried out by the Uttarakhand Government into sources of income of Baba Ramdev, his relatives and partners such as Muktananda and/or other the land owners who have purchased the land occupied by the trusts, and/or of his trust/s.

7) Copy of any documents relating tso the seizure of land for which registered owner could not be traced (benami owner) after due effort, or seizure of land which exceeds the limits prescribed by the law.

8) Copy of land records with full details of ownership, value, and date of purchases, relating to any activities conducted under the banner of Baba Ramdev anywhere in Uttarakhand, including but not limited to Mustafabad, Aurangabad, Shivdaspur (alias Teliwala), Shantarshah, Bahadurpur, Badehi or Rajputan.

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