Expensive pleas: Airstrip handed over to private company without money, case filed against four IAS officers

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Manish Singh, the then Collector of Ujjain. He is currently the Collector of Indore.

A case has been registered against four IAS officers for handing over the Datana-Matana airport in Madhya Pradesh to a private company without recovering the money. The Lokayukta police have sued IAS Sanket Bhondway, Manish Singh, Shashank Mishra and Neeraj Mandloi under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Among the accused officers, two principal secretaries and one is on deputation in the central government. The Lokayukta is investigating the case on the orders of the High Court.

All the four IAS officers appointed as accused have been collectors of Ujjain. Earlier, 5 IAS and 3 Executive Engineers have been booked on the High Court’s order. A total of 20 people have been charged.

Ujjain collector be kind to the company

The Datana-Matana Airport of Madhya Pradesh Government is located on Dewas Road in Ujjain. Lokayukta Police Inspector Basant Srivastava said that the government leased it to Yash Air Limited and Centaur Aviation Academy Indore in 2006. The contract was for 7 years between the state government and the company. Yash Airways had to pay 100 rupees for aircraft weighing 5 thousand 700 kg for night parking. For high-weight aircraft, this charge was 200 rupees. The company did not give this amount to the government.

The money spent by the PWD was also to be paid for the maintenance of the airstrip. The company did not pay this amount either. The government and company agreement ended in 2013. As per the terms of the contract, Yash Airways was to deposit Rs 1.50 lakh annually. But, the company accumulated a total of 1.50 lakh rupees in 7 years. In this way, the government lost millions of rupees. But, IAS remained in favor of the company.

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Neeraj Mandloi, the then Collector of Ujjain.  He is currently the principal secretary of PWD in Madhya Pradesh government.

Neeraj Mandloi, the then Collector of Ujjain. He is currently the principal secretary of PWD in Madhya Pradesh government.

Accused IAS officer is on big rank

IAS Sanket Bhondway, accused by the Lokayukta, is on deputation at the center. He is the OSD of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. Manish Singh is the collector of Indore. Shashank Mishra is the CEO of Rural Development Corporation. At the same time, Neeraj Mandloi is the principal secretary of PWD. Here, the first accused IAS Shivasekhar Shukla is the Principal Secretary of the Art-Culture Department. M. Geeta is the Collector of Raipur in Chhattisgarh. BM Sharma and Ajatshatru have retired. Kavindra Kiyawat is the Bhopal Commissioner.

Sanket S Bhondwe, the then Collector of Ujjain.  He is currently the OSD of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Sanket S Bhondwe, the then Collector of Ujjain. He is currently the OSD of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

9 collectors and 3 engineers of PWD became accused

It was clearly written in the terms of the agreement that the Ujjain Collector will review the security of the airport. The collectors also had to monitor whether Yash Air Limited collected Rs 1.50 lakh of annual fees. However, the officers did not do this. The PWD engineers had to supervise the maintenance of the airstrip from the company. All officers remained kind to the company. As a result, the government continued to lose millions of rupees.

Shashank Mishra, the then Collector of Ujjain.  He is currently the CEO of Madhya Pradesh Rural Development Corporation.

Shashank Mishra, the then Collector of Ujjain. He is currently the CEO of Madhya Pradesh Rural Development Corporation.

A case was filed against them under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 120 B of the IPC.

  • Ajatashatru Srivastava, Dr. M. Geeta, BM Sharma, Kavindra Kiawat, Sanket Bhondwe, Manish Singh, Shashank Mishra and Neeraj Mandloi (all the then collectors, Ujjain).
  • SS Saluja, AK Tuteja and GP Patel (all erstwhile Executive Engineer, PWD Ujjain).
  • Arun Gurtu, Yash Raj Tongya, Bharat Tongya, Shirish Chuniwala Dalal, Virendra Kumar Jain, Dushyant Lal Kapoor, Sivaraman, Dilip Rawat (all operators of Yash Air Limited Indore / Centaur Aviation Academy Indore).

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