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Pondicherry Land Grabbing Case

Pondicherry Land Grabbing Case

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Published by Nandhi Varman
The houses/lands of French nationals of Pondicherry were grabbed by politicians, and public protests brought CBI into the picture, yet CBI went into slumber, so highest court was approached and that story told here.
The houses/lands of French nationals of Pondicherry were grabbed by politicians, and public protests brought CBI into the picture, yet CBI went into slumber, so highest court was approached and that story told here.

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Published by: Nandhi Varman on Mar 28, 2010
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Dravida Peravai waged a fierce battle to save innocent victims who had fallen prey to greedy politicians in power. With 15 party supports Dravida Peravai started theagitation. The Lt.Governor of Puducherry ordered for CBI enquiry but there was nosign of CBI coming forward. So as Convener of Anti House/Land Grab ActionCommittee comprising 12 political parties met Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on 17 
December 1998 and Indian Home Minister L.K.Advani on 19
December 1998. The delegation met Opposition leader Sharad Pawar, and many others. Meanwhile few parties deserted the struggle. Then in 1999 with 8 political  parties went to Chennai and held demonstrations demanding CBI to take up theordered enquiry into land grab. CBI came, enquired but kept report in cold storage.Hence Dravida Peravai approached Supreme Court of India; the petition filed is givenin verbatim. A perusal of this petition will reveal the Operation Land Grab involving many political parties. The WEEK report is given as visual. In end the Supreme Court order is given….N.Nandhivarman, General Secretary Dravida Peravai 
The departure of the French from Pondicherry left severalimportant and singular issues as are not faced by other citizen of Indian Union. Having failed to persuade the Govt. of India togrant citizenship, the French offered an option to its subject inFrench Pondicherry for option of nationality. As many as 7,000citizens to remain French nationals and hold property in the UnionTerritory. 70,000 Pondicherry Indian Citizens work in France.The French maintained land and municipal records. The Frenchhanded these records to Indian officials. After their departureNew Survey was under taken and new maps and numbers weregiven to houses and plots and agricultural land.
The troubles started as people felt that the new survey has not beenproperly done. When they tried to find old records it was learnedthat some of the old record is not available and had either beendestroyed or stolen away by old hands of the municipal andrevenue department.Gradually fake sale deeds and forged documents startedappearing and bogus claims and criminal possessions began.Unfortunately, it went un-checked by administration and the cratewith muscle power made it their profession and the lands,bunglows houses of absentee French Indian Nationals weretargeted. Later land and house grabbing attained suchproportions that political parties made an issue government wasapproached, some of the raids by police confirmed the fears of trouble that old employees were found to be in illegal possessionof revenue records.When things became more serious agitations by political partieswas started media also came to help and published the sordidstate of affairs. A delegation of all political parties met the Lt.Governor and insisted on C.B.I. enquiry. The Governor waspleased to recommend an C.B.I. enquiry but not much came outof it till now. Hon'ble Defence Minister was approached, Hon'blethe Home Minister and lastly even the Prime Minister wasapprised of this loot. A memorandum was given to him.The French Government also became alive to this land grabbingmenace and questions were put in their Senate. A Senator visitedin India.

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