Bungling in Bhasha Andolan: FIR in Police

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

FIR has been filed this morning in the Capital Police Station against convener of Bhasha Andolan for financial bungling and other offenses.

The FIR is self- explanatory. For public information the same is published here:

To

The IIC, Capital Police Station,

Bhubaneswar.

 

Sub: Criminal Acts committed by Pabitra Maharatha aged about 40 years, s/o late Laxmidhar Maharatha, residing in a rented house on plot No. 1590/3731, Sastrinagar, Bhubaneswar -1, P.S.  Capital Police Station, P.O. GPO, Bhubaneswar.

 

Sir,

Respectfully I inform that, I am the Chairman of Bhasha Andolan, with its office in the residence of Pabitra Maharatha, Convener (Abahak) of Bhasha Andolan, at plot No. 1590/3731, Sastrinagar, Bhubaneswar.

As a member in the Ministerial Committee on working of the Orissa Official Language Act, 1954, I had researched into why the Act was not being honored and located three lacunae: (1) Absence of penal provisions for its contravention; (2) Absence of Rules to drive the Act ahead including administration of penal provisions as and when provided for in the Act  and (3) Absence of provision in the Act to bestow upon the Government the power to frame and promulgate the Rules. Accordingly, I formulated sets of Legislation for amendment of the Act and creation of Rules and submitted the same on 3.9.2015 to the Government through the Chairman of the Ministerial Committee and the Committee having approved the same, the Government had created a separate website for the purpose and published my draft therein for objection, if any, from the general public. And, the CM had informed the Assembly on 14.12.2015 of the proposed amendment of the Act. But, my stress on penal clause unnerved the CM, as he is not in the habit of using Oriya and steps were taken to derail the Committee. I wrote about this mischief against our Language and invited advice of thinking minds in social media ‘Face book’ and several friends mailed me their ideas. Then, I formulated the Bhasha Andolan and its operational method i.e. a silent march of maximum four persons with black flags in hand everyday at 5 pm to wake up our people to the danger to our Language. The above named Pabitra Maharatha , then working with me in matter of labor unrest in the Samaja newspaper, came forward  to help me in this campaign, which I had gladly welcomed. He roped in Pradyumna Satapathy and a few others.

After 39 days of this campaign, Govt. promulgated an Ordinance on May 21, 2016 causing an amendment in the Act that addressed to my advice in part and removed the lacuna as noted at point (3) above. The other two lacunae remained unheeded to, necessitating expansion of our campaign to enhance moral pressure on the authorities to further amend the Act and adopt the proposed Rules.  Funds were necessary for our movement.  We decided to publish relevant literature in support of the movement in shape of a souvenir and generate funds for its publication as well as for our campaign by roping in advertisements for the same. The said Pabitra Maharatha was given the principal and overall charge of the printing and publication thereof.

Instead of any other printer/publisher he published it under his own banner ‘Sabdasparsha’ by engaging ‘Duduli Process and Offset, Bapujinagar, Bhubaneswar to print it.  It was, captioned ‘Bhasha Pain Gana O Ganamadhyama’, printed and published and got inaugurated in a function on November 30, 2016. Profit and losses arising out of the matters connected with printing and publishing of the souvenir were to be enjoyed and borne by the Bhasha Andolan and not by Pabitra Maharatha. Lest there be any loss, as Chairman of the movement, I had campaigned for the advertisements and a price tag of Rs.500/- per copy was allowed on the souvenir, so that, the income from the selling of the same could be taken by Pabitra Maharatha for his labor in preparing the print-material, when the advertisement revenue minus the Press charges and the cost of paper, was to come to the movement for use in its expansion scheme.

The campaigners whose picture were placed in the souvenir along with reports of their participation had to be supplied with a copy of the souvenir free of cost and all the libraries including the State Library and State Archive were also to be supplied with copies thereof for consultation and reference by scholars/ researchers.  When he circulated a few copies on the day of its launching, he did not supply the souvenir to activists who participated in the campaign and to the Libraries/Archive, pretending always that the payments against the advertisements have not materialized , as a result of which he was unable to bring all the copies from the Press.

While thus keeping us  in dark about whether or not the Advertisement revenues are collected, he declared on 7.6.2018 that, he has incurred a loan of Rs.8 lakhas for the Bhasha Andolan, which, unless settled, he would commit suicide along with his wife and daughter. I sent him a message to apprise the members of the details of the accounts so that collective mind could be applied to settle his problem and decide on ways of raising the deficit, if any. Correspondingly it was also aimed at finding out if there was any surplus to be utilized for expansion of Bhasha Andolan. He is playing hide and seek and is not producing the accounts. On the other hand, he is propagating that, he has sustained heavy loss in publishing the souvenir, despite his failure to render the accounts called for from him. It now transpires that he has printed and published volumes of the same souvenir where there is no trace of the advertisements in order to give the impression that no income has been fetched from commercial space-selling, when he has, through his organization Shabdasparsa has published the souvenir by borrowing Rs.8 lakhs, which the Bhasha Andolan must pay him failing which he would commit suicide along with his wife and child. This being a serious situation needs investigation and legal action.

On my rough estimation, the income from the advertisement would exceed the expenditure by at least Rs.30 lakshs.

Pabitra has misappropriated the heavy surplus. He was entrusted with the earnings from advertisement and had dominion over it. He has dishonestly misappropriated it against the implied contract to the effect that, he will collect the advertisement cost, meet the expenses out of it, give proper accounts and return the surplus for the use of the movement.

On 8.6.2018, when I asked him in a mail to submit the accounts, his reaction was evasive and acrid. I mailed Pradyumna Satpathy whom he had projected as our President and we had accepted under the circumstances, to call a meeting of members to take stock of the situation.  He urged upon me to wait till July 16 as from that day the postponed Black Flag campaign of Bhasa Andolan was to resume and then we can meet and work upon the accounts. Surprisingly, on the said day, i.e. 16.7.2018, both Pabitra Maharatha and Pradyumna Satapathy did not participate in the Black Flag campaign and made a false propaganda in a press conference that the campaign has been postponed sine die. Thus the accounts of the movement is not being placed before the members, both the Convener and the President – Pabitra Maharatha and Pradyumna Satapathy respectively, having acted to hide the accounts.

Thus, Pabitra Maharatha, responsible for the souvenir and answerable on the accounts, in whose residence the office of the movement functions and in whose custody all the papers and books of accounts and documents are kept, has deceived the Bhaha Andolan and now dishonestly induces it to deliver Rs.8 lakhs to him. He has cheated and thereby dishonestly induces to deliver such amount. And, Pradyumna Satapathy is hand-in-glove with him.

On the aforesaid premises, I request your goodself to register a case against Pabitra Mohan Maharatha , and grant me a copy of the FIR and conduct a detailed investigation into my allegations and oblige.

Yours Faithfully,

(Subhas Chandra Pattanayak)

Chairman, Bhasha Andolan, Orissa

Residing at: VR 32, Unit 6, Bhubaneswar-1

Bhubaneswar,

7.8.2018

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