National Institute of Science & Technology (NIST),
Berhampur, Odisha was founded in 1996 by Dr. Sukant K. Mohapatra from US, as
first NRI educational venture in the state and first degree engineering college
in south Odisha under Berhampur University.
NIST was founded with a vision to have a university in his home state of
Odisha, at par with international university, specifically similar to US
model. [Ref: 6-June-1996, Prajatantra]
NIST is promoted through SM (Sukant Mohapatra) Charitable
Educational Trust (SMCET) with Dr. Sukant Mohapatra & his wife Ms. Sanjeeta
Mohapatra as donor/author/founder of the trust.
Being staying abroad, Dr. Mohapatra had taken his in-laws
(brother-in-law: Sangram Mudali, sister-in-law: Geetika Mudali &
father-in-law: Surendra Mudali) as trustee of SMCET to look after the institute
locally. [Ref: NIST Trust Deed ]
NIST was setup with full financial support of founder
trustees (Dr. Sukant Mohapatra & Mrs. Sanjeeta Mohapatra) only. Not only
that, Dr. Mohapatra has spent enormous
time, effort, travels and other support including drafting the best
undergraduate engineering curriculum at Berhampur University, that even IITs
would envy. Equipment like computers, LCD projectors were expensive then; he
shipped computers, equipments and books/study materials from United
States so that the students of NIST can get
the educational environments similar to that of US University.
But, it looks like, as years went by and NIST become self sustained,
Indian Greed took over. The
local trustees (in-laws of Dr. Mohapatra) ,who were entrusted to look after the creation
(i.e., NIST) of Dr. Mohapatra on good faith, indulged in massive
misappropriation of SMCET/NIST funds and resource and gross mismanagement.. The income tax
raid conducted by Dept. of IT reveals (in its assessment report from 2001-2008)
gross misappropriation since 2001-02, to the tunes of crores of rupees by Mudalis - the local trustees of NIST.
We don't comprehend any other reason than Indian Greed - because here the persons involved are not friends or cousins - they are from own family and it becomes extraordinary rare and highly unusual - when the persons involved in backstabbing are own parents.
So, how far parents can go to hurt their own daughter and son-in-law ?
Let us see..
The income tax raid also reveals violation of the
SMCET trust; i.e. from documents, it is evident that - Money from SMCET
trust was diverted to another trust named SJ Charitable Trust (SJCT)
created in 2003, which promotes
the local trustee Mudali’s another personal engineering college
called Apex Institute of
Technology & Management ( www.apexorissa.com ) in Bhubaneswar,
in clear conflict of interest. As
evident from the ongoing legal dispute in Odisha High Court,
funds were illegally diverted from NIST to Apex without knowledge of
founder trustees. Opening a new Engineering and Management Institute in
Bhubaneswar is not easy - real estate prices are so
expensive. So, if the anti-Corruption department of Govt. of Odisha
want, they can easily corroborate the Apex land purchase and construction cost from the then income tax returns of Mudalis, the Income tax department raid documents and land prices at the time of purchase.
again, in our Great India -delays in legal system is compounded by
corrupt or deaf bureaucracy. So, we are not sure, even after a memo by
Non-Resident Indians [NRO Memo], something will happen; currently nothing is happening.
Coming back to NIST, it looks like, the attention
of local trustees were diverted from NIST to their own exclusive Apex
Venture , as evident from the current growth and results of NIST;
quality of results gradually deteriorated.
From court documents, it is evident that, when such financial
misappropriation and negligence, came to notice of Dr. Mohapatra, he
tried to bring transparency and
stop mismanagement at SMCET/NIST as
chairman of the trust and chairman of the board of Governor of NIST.
But, Mudalis (the in-laws of Dr. SKM), apparently, fearing their eventual exposure and misdeed, in
2005 tried to oust Dr. Mohapatra through a hand written fictitious resolution
in violating charter of the trust and a registered trust deed. The
investigation report by Directorate of Technical Education and Training (DTET),
Orissa clearly indicates the fraudulent & out-law activities by in-laws of Dr.
Mohapatra. [Ref: DTET Report]
It is in fact irony that, when Dr. Mohapatra visited NIST in
2005 with prior notice to call trust/board meeting, not only in-laws were
missing from the Institute, but had given the phony resolution to one of their
Ravi. P. Reddy, with an instruction not to allow Dr. Mohapatra, the
chairman of the NIST to enter the premises, which was established in first
place by Dr. Mohapatra. Can you imagine someone who is entrusted to look after
your property denies your entry to the same?
Your show your finger to someone to help and they grab the hand !!
In history of India
since Tretaya Yuga, usually fathers would avoid eating in daughter’s home. Even
demon Kamsa jailed his lovely sister and brother-in-law Basudeva because of a
heavenly announcement that, his nephew would be threat to his life in future.
It was never for wealth. When Kamsa jailed Devki, his father took daughter’s
side protested and he was jailed too.
In Mahabharata, the war was fought over kingdom between
cousins; never between brothers. Dhrutarashtra was in dilemma whether to
support his son or support his conscience.
There has never been an instance when a brother
tried to back-stab his sister with the approval and full support of
father and mother.
This is a rare history by itself.
Indian Greed finds that - NIST is a unique instance – which shows, we are indeed
in Kaliyug – Lord Rama had warned us long before.
रामचंद्र कह गए सिया से ऐसा कलयुग आएगा
हंस चुगेगा दाना तिनका कौवा मोती खायेगा
Within family or otherwise, trust is everything. Any Indian daughter
or son-in-law can’t even think that their dreams would be shattered by their own
father and brother, whom they invited as a trustee.
Can you imagine a scenario where Ratan Tata is not allowed
inside TCS Corporate or TELCO headquarters and he being threatened by one of
his employee that he is no more the Chairman of Tata groups?
Well, our great Indian justice system not only allows that
to happen but the Executive branch does nothing to reinstate Mr. Tata by
quickly detecting the fraudulent document and arresting the rogue board members
under IPC 420. So, if a few rogue board members of TCS or TECLO draft a forged
document to oust Mr. Ratan Tata and Mr. Tata decided to challenge that fraudulent
document in court, it would certainly take 10 to 15 years or even more for
resolving a court case.
But, until Mr. Tata wins from Supreme Court, the rogue
members would manage TCS and TELCO – would bankrupt the companies and could
divert TCS or TELCO money to one of their own company.
Do you know the typical fees charged by a Supreme Court
lawyer for such litigation cost ? Rupees 6
to 10 Lakhs per court date
If Mr. Tata doesn’t have that kind of money to wait and
fight – the villains win by default.
You may argue that Income tax department could catch the
fraud during annual audit and initiate criminal proceedings against the rogue
You are wrong again – in the above scenario, the Chartered
Accountant of TCS and TELCO, controlled by rogue members could bribe the Income
Tax and get away with a minor penalty. Look at the Satyam Scam by Mr. Raju. Mr.
Raju is out in bail after 2.7 years in jail and probably enjoying with his
Ratan Tata would be hoping that, under such circumstances,
the state Government or Finance ministry would arrest the rogue trustees and
take control of TCS/TELCO board until the dispute is resolved so as to prevent
further financial misappropriation of funds. But, the smart rogue trustees
would resort to any unethical practice if they found that is doable.
You may be wondering, Why we are talking about Mr. Ratan
Tata. He is a business tycoon and untouchable by crooks.
You are mistaken. Our system permits that. You may recall
how Mukesh Ambani was trying to take advantage of his father’s death; he tried
to get away with RIL and Reliance Telecom, until their mother interfered; Anil Ambani got Reliance Telecom after that.
In NIST case, it is completely contrary, per fictitious
trust resolution, not only in-laws tried to oust Dr. Mohapatra, but he is
replaced by his own mother-in-law as trustee, the father-in-law becomes the
chairman, replacing Dr. Mohapatra the founding father and chairman of institute
from day one. This is just
incomprehensible, but yes this is the reality.
To compound this in-comprehensive activities by
in-laws, the judicial system takes years & own time to deliver the justice.
In case even if the justice is delivered, implementation is another big
challenge in our system. In addition,
judgment can appealed again & again & money power can play big role.
No one knows, whether NIST, the deteriorating
of Dr. Mohapatra, would ever be rescued by rule of law or succumb to the
mismanagement of local trustees. Time will tell the reality.
But if you look at Mahabaharat & Ramayan, no matter how powerful are
unscrupulous people, the truth and justice always prevails & demons
been punished. Hope justice & truth prevails at NIST sooner that
benefit of student, faculty and people of Odisha in general.
As an Indian Greed analogy, former Karnataka CM
Yeddyurappa is temporarily out of jail and wants to become CM again.
To everybody's surprise, Karnataka High Court has scolded the Lokayukta and Governor in stead of
convicting Yeddyurappa- everybody is wondering - How that is possible
when Yeddyurappa allotted Government land to his son and admitted in
public saying - "Every CM did that".
So, Yeddyurappa Corruption case will be eventually end up in Supreme
Court - but probably when Yeddyurappa is in his 90s and if he is alive,
by then, he would claim lenient punishment considering his age. Please
look at former Telecom Minister Sukhram; he could still managed to get bail from Supreme Court.
Justice delayed is justice denied - when we will learn ?