Samaja finds Manubhai unworthy of editorial obituary

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Manubhai Patel alleged to have grabbed presidential chair of Servants of the People Society, which allegation he could not legally refute till his death yesterday, is found unworthy of editorial obituary in Samaja, the paper of Orissa that SoPS has illegally occupied by using a forged Will of Pt. Gopabandhu Das, its forefront founder.

The front page of Samaja has carried in its edition of today the news of Manubhai’s death. Had he been a legitimate President of SoPS, which even the paper under his occupation projected, the editorial column could have gone blank in his honor or the paper could have paid respect to him with an editorial obituary. But today’s Samaja editorial is an obituary on India’s lost hope in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

If this is not noteworthy, what else is, in Orissa today?

A former editor Radhanath Rath, whose forgery helped SoPS to occupy Samaja, had put it on records that Manubhai had taken huge amount of money from the Samaja funds to use in his electioneering with assurance to return the same after elections and despite several reminders, he had not returned the money.

Danda Nirodh Mishra, a former IAS whom Manubhai in his previous avatar as SoPS President had appointed as General Manager of Samaja, has informed the Police Chief at the call of his conscience that the amount of Rs.96 lakhs which he had told the police in FIR to have been misappropriated by Brajabhai and others, was actually misappropriated by Manubhai and in a letter he had confronted Manubhai with the swindling he had made, which, if disclosed, may put him to jail.

Many more such acts of money swindling from the Samaja funds by Manubhai Patel is known to the insiders of the Samaja.

Perhaps, therefore, their collective conscience has refused the editorial obituary in his honor.

Exposure: Bhimsen Yadav of Servants of the People Society wants somebody to kill Senior Life Member Prof. K. C. Tripathy


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Rogues of Servants of the People Society (SoPS) have illegally occupied Orissa’s oldest newspaper ‘The Samaja’ founded by Panchasakha of Satyabadi headed by the late lamented Pt. Gopabandhu Das and funded by the people of Orissa. We have exposed the crime in these pages with evidences many a time. But they continue to loot the State’s heritage paper, as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is in nexus with them.

A very senior member of SoPS – an Oriya – Prof. Kishore C.Tripathy has become a hurdle for the rogues, as he has filed information of the offenses in Police Stations, both at Cuttack and New Delhi, and moved the appropriate court against hijacking of the organization by rogues, who have, by force, occupied the office, under pretense of an election claimed to have been held on June 28, 2012 that has, according to them, removed Sri Chand and Sri Tripathy from the post of President and Vice-President respectively of SoPS.

The hijackers’ team has a retired IAS officer namely S. C. Mantry as General Manager of the Samaja, who has been using his IAS tag to influence lower rank officers of Orissa to keep their eyes closed to all the illegalities being perpetrated by the illegal occupiers of The Samaja. Mantry has even filed a forged will of Pt. Gopabandhu before the ADM, Cuttack to derail an enquiry he was asked by the Registrar of Newspapers for India to conduct.

One Bhimsen Yadav is posing as the Chairman of the Orissa branch of SoPS. Below is what he has told over phone to SoPS President  Sri Onkar Chand on July 03, 2012 that reveals how he wants somebody to kill Sri Tripathy. Read the transcription of the relevant portion.

Bhimsen Jadav wants somebody to kill K.C.Tripathy

And, listen what has he said:

From what Bhimsen has told Sri Chand, it transpires that Mantry as the General Manager, is involved with a scam of at least 5 to 6 crores of rupees per year on account of secret selling of newsprint as wastepaper. Bhimsen’s very reporting to Oncar Chand proves that, to him, despite the fraudulent claim of election on June 28, 2012, Sri Chand is the President of SoPS, not Manubhai Patel. This, by itself is indicative of the correctness of Tripathy’s stand.

The most alarming revelation that jumps out of his telephonic report to Sri Chand is that, Bhimsen Yadav wants somebody to kill Sri Kishore C. Tripathy. He even asserts that, he is ready to take the responsibility, if somebody kills Sri Tripathy.

The illegal occupiers of the Samaja are so embolden by their nexus with the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik that, Bhimsen is sure that if somebody kills Tripathy, the police in Orissa cannot dare to take any action against him, even if he claims responsibility for the murder!

Protest rally by SSF against demolition of Gopabandhu statue by SoPS to cover Suando from Cuttack

Servants of the People Society founded by Lala Lajpat Rai having usurped the Samaja by forging a WILL of its founder, Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das, has been involved in rampant misappropriation of the funds of the paper and many crimes conducted in the name of the major daily.

In order to please the Chief Minister of Orissa Naveen Patnaik by satisfying his craze for publicity and seeing his name inscribed in stone plates, the gang of illegal occupiers of the Samaja led by Manubhai Patel has demolished the well known and highly revered statue of Gopabandhu in Gopabandhu Bhawan to install another depicting Patnaik in the inauguration plate.

Aganst this ghastly sacrilege of the revered statue of Gopabandhu, on the occasion of his death anniversary, the Save the Samaja Forum will conduct a protest rally on July 8 that will start from Gopabandhu Park in front of the Samaja office and proceed to Suando, the birthplace of Gopabandhu. Click here to peruse the version of the Forum before the public in course of the rally.

The rally would comprise motor cycles and cars and a special vehicle christened Sankalpa Ratha (Car carrying the pledge of the Forum) fitted with audio system to make people aware of the illegalities going on in the Samaja, the paper they have built up by their financial support.

SSF rally schedule

Former GM of Samaja tells of a secret money transaction between Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik and Manubhai Patel of SoPS: Investigation essential

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Former General Manager of the Samaja, retired IAS officer Dandanirodh Mishra, has kept on records a secret money transaction between Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the then Chief of Servants of the People Society Manubhai Patel, which could have been captured by secret camera had he not timely alerted the Chief Minister over phone.

In a letter to Manubhai Patel, bearing the Samaja No.253/GM/2007 dated 25.07.2007, Mishra has written, “You are aware that I had saved you from embarrassment, humiliation and ignominy by requesting the Chief Minister to have a telephonic discussion with you when you were rushing to Puri on 15th November, 2006 to collect a sum of Rs.50.00 lakhs”.

Mishra has mentioned of a “scheduled programme” with the CM for receiving the money in person. But as, instead of meeting the CM as per the “scheduled programme”, he was “rushing to Puri” in response to a telephonic call from somebody whom he “assumed to be the Chief Minister” because of the “scheduled programme” with Naveen Patnaik, Mishra got a secret message that the transaction was likely to be captured by “string” cameras. He immediately had alerted the Chief Minister and persuaded him to discuss the matter with Manubhai.

Whether or not the “scheduled programme” for the clandestine deal was re-scheduled is a matter that needs investigation.

Mishra has attached this document to his letter dated 22 May 2009 to IIC, Cantonment Police Station, Cuttack with reference to Cantonment P.S. case No.88/2006 corresponding to No. 436/2007 on the basis of FIR lodged by him as the General manager of the Samaja and Cantonment P.S. case No. 27/2007 corresponding to No. 436/2007 on the basis of complaint petition of Pradeep Kumar Pandey vide ICC No. 332/2007.

But, because Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is bound to be investigated into in context of the “scheduled” secret deal of Rs.50 lakhs with Manubhai Patel, the police is not daring to proceed in the matter.

The same Manubhai Patel is now using the same Naveen Patnaik to keep his illegal grip over the Samaja intact.

Swindlers of the Samaja funds stay safe by framing up Braja Bhai

Sting operation was about to expose Manubhai Patel, but the ex-GM had saved him

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

A Cuttack Court failed to use its judicial wisdom to grant bail to Braja Bhai, presently in judicial custody in a motivated police case, too dazzled as it was by parade of a different episode in which he was framed up, necessitating the Supreme Court’s grace for granting of bail. But, exclusive information under our possession makes it clear to us that in that case too, he was wrongfully implicated. The real culprits – Manubhai Patel, Manorama Mohapatra and Satya Paul et al – who had swindled the funds of the Samaja, have stayed safe till date, because a retired IAS officer Dandanirodh Mishra, similar to the one presently in occupation of GM post in the paper, had then used his influence in administration to frame up Braja Bhai in order to save the swindlers.

Mishra has reminded Manubhai in a caustic communication of how the three of them are under “Democle’s Sword” with Braja Bhai having made his statement in the misappropriation case pending against him and how embarrassing it would be to the three of them when the process of investigation would eventually end. “(It) would be a matter of serious discussion in the State, to your embarrassment and the embarrassment of the Board of Management, especially when the process of investigation pertaining to misappropriation of Rs.97.00 lakhs from the Samaja account is yet to be completed, with Democle’s Sword hanging on you, on Smt. Manorama Mohapatra and Shri Satya Paul as per statement of Braja Bhai”, he has told Maubhai Patel.

“Had I not taken the right step at the right time, I am afraid, now you would have been in jail instead of Sri Braja Bhai”. This is how ex-general manager of The Samaja, Dandanirodh Mishra recapitulated his role in a letter to Manubhai Patel, the then chief of Servants of the People Society (SoPS) on 25.07.2007.

He had even saved Patel from being caught in sting cam while bartering away independence of the Samaja to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik against Rs.50.00 lakhs of slush money on 15.11.2006.

Patel, as President of SoPS that has kept Orissa’s premier daily – the ‘Samaja’ – in capture, had pledged publicity support to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik against a sum of Rs. 50 lakhs, through a mediator he was relying upon, says a reliable sourse.

When he was proceeding to Puri on the appointed day to receive the slush money in person, Mishra, having gotten a whisper about sting cameras waiting for the transaction to take place., had saved Patel from the sure-to-occur exposure by warning both him and the CM and by arranging a talk between both of them on the road over the phone.

“You are aware that I had saved you from embarrassment, humiliation and ignominy by requesting the Chief minister to have a telephonic discussion with you when you were rushing to Puri on 15th November 2006 to collect a sum of Rs.50.00 lakhs as promised to you over telephone by somebody (whom you assumed to be the Chief Minister) without meeting the Chief Minister as per the scheduled programme”, Sri Mishra had later written to Patel while leaving the organization. It clearly indicates that a program was scheduled for transaction of the slush money on November 15, 2007.

From a document signed by Mishra, it transpires that he, as the GM of the Samaja, had “unearthed misappropriation of Rs.97,08,500.00 from the accounts of the Samaja”. And had “taken action” against Braja bhai and others for the same.

But that, Braja bhai was framed up to keep the real culprit under cover, is clear from what Mishra has told Patel in his letter No. 253/GM/2007 dated 25.07.2007. In this letter, he has told Patel, “Had I not saved you, instead of you driving out Braja Bhai from life membership by invoking the emergency power under the provision of the constitution of the SoPS as per my suggestion, you would have been removed by Braja Bhai with sufficient adverse evidences against you”.

So it is clear that Mishra had suggested Patel to dismiss Braja Bhai from SoPS by invoking emergency powers of the President. With this confession of Mishra, it is also clear that he had willfully implicated Braja Bhai in the misappropriation case to save the skin of Manubhai and his two other partners in the crime, namely Manorama Mohapatra and Satya Paul.

And, therefore, to us it is clear that Braja Bhai has not committed the misappropriation as alleged. A highlander by birth, born in Mayurbhanj, he is by nature a simple man, too proud to commit crimes like misappropriation of funds of the paper he had given a new birth to. Employees gratefully remember how he had spent days and nights to help some of them get deadicted. Employees gratefully remember how he had for the first time given them refreshment environment in honor of their human rights. He is a man, who, employees believe, cannot misappropriate the funds of the Samaja he is so devoted to.

Onus lies on the management of the Samaja and the police to prove their charges against Braja Bhai; but for so many years they have been limping and the false charges are continuing to harass the man willfully framed up by the stooges of the real culprits, as Dandanirodh’s letter to Manubhai Patel reveals.

Patel makes SoPS a sanctuary of retired rouges

When Patel has recaptured SoPS by way of a forged election, which according to the District Judge of Cuttack in F.A.O. No 113 of 2012, “appears to have no prima-facie sanction of the Constitution of SoPS”, a retired IAS officer S.C.Mantry has been used as GM to file cases against Braja Bhai.

It seems, he has a history of using retired rogues from IAS cadre to conduct illegal operations in the Samaja, specifically in prosecuting Braja Bhai; because, prior to Mantry, as confessed by retired IAS officer Dandanirodh Mishra, he was also used by Patel to put Braja Bhai behind the bars.

The confession of Mishra has manifested in his parting letter to Manubhai Patel when he has told him, “had I not taken the right step at the right time, I am afraid, now you would have been in jail instead of Sri Braja Bhai”. He has admitted that he had taken the so-called “right step at the right time” to send Braja Bhai into the judicial custody in order only to safeguard the “prestige and safety” of Manubhai Patel.

Another retired IAS officer – K.C.Mahapatra – was also planted by Manubhai to exploit the Samaja and to serve his personal interests at the cost of the paper, Mishra has said.

In Para 6 of his parting letter, he has narrated how Manubhai had taken Mahapatra as his adviser “with authority that he shall render advice and report on any issue relating to the business of SoPS in Orissa in particular reference to the Samaja”. Mahapatra was given all the powers to intervene in every matter of the paper including editorial policies and business processes. And the Samaja was to bear the burden of his personal expenses and to look after his comforts. But, all this was designed to help Mahapatra use the influence of the Samaja for personal business in which Manubhai has his share. “As Shri Mahapatra is constructing a Hotel near Rasulgarh of Bhubaneswar, his appointment was an award to him at the expenses of the Samaja in exchange of his service in the game-plan to expedite my oust from the organization”, Mishra has noted.

Dubious board of advisers

Now a pack of retired fellows from various wings of civil services have been appointed as advisers of the Samaja. These fellows have neither any experience nor any expertise in journalism.

Senior journalist Prasanta Patnaik has challenged them in social media like the facebook to reveal as to what sort of function they are performing in the paper and why have they accepted the appointment as advisers when they know they have no journalistic contributions to make and nowhere in newspaper establishments such advisers are appointed and provided for in either wage boards or Press Commission reports.

To us, the nefarious design is contrived to subjugate journalistic wisdom to idiocrasies of non-journalists.

“Remove Braja Bhai by hook or by crook”

That Patel has the uncommon knack for using retired IAS and IPS officers to defend himself in difficult situations and to offend and harass whomsoever he feels to be disadvantageous to his personal ambitions is well on records by confession of Dandanirodh Mishra, whom he had used to victimize Braja Bhai.

Dandanirodh was recruited by Patel for the post of GM of the Samaja and used by him to remove Braja Bhai from position and then was pushed into a situation where there was no way for him than resigning.

He has confessed this in the following term in his parting letter addressed to Manubhai: “I think, the sole purpose for which you brought me to the organization – to remove Braja Bhai by hook or by crook – has already been achieved and you do not require me any further”.

The fellows now basking under epithets like advisors may gain by going through the experience of Dandanirodh Mishra.

Truth peeps out

Mishra’s parting letter is relevant in many respects.

He had unearthed a misappropriation amounting to Rs. 97, 08,500.00 from the accounts of the Samaja. Out of this amount, a sum of Rs. 47, 08,500.00 was misappropriated by Sri Satya Paul, life member and close associate of Manubhai Patel. Mishra says that he was “pressurized not to take any action against Shri Satya Paul in the misappropriation of a sum of Rs. 47,08,500.00” even though the misappropriation case was instituted on the FIR lodged by him.

Manubhai’s readiness to pledge support of the Samaja to chief minister Naveen Patnaik for Rs. 50.00 lakhs added to the amount allegedly misappropriated by Satya Paul makes out the total sum of 97,08,500.00, which, according to Mishra’s FIR was misappropriated from the accounts of the Samaja.

Was Manubhai the man who misappropriated the sum of Rs. 50.00 lakhs from the Samaja and on unearthing of the same, had tried to organize the said amount from slush funds that Naveen Patnaik was handling, in order to set the records of the Samaja funds right?

Mishra has not told of that. But he has revealed in no uncertain terms that after the FIR was lodged by him, he was “called twice to Delhi to meet them (Shri I. K. Gujral and Justice R. Sachar – the trustees) in the residence of Shri I. K. Gujral (former Prime Minister of India) to explain everything pertaining to the misappropriation of Rs.97,08,500.00” when in those meetings, Manubhai along with Shri P. M. Mehta, Shri Omkar Chand, Shri Ranjit Singh and Shri Satya Paul were also remaining present.

“A lot of pressure was put on me to release a sum of Rs. 75.00 lakhs approximately in favor of M/s Poddar Global Ltd as per their claim”, Mishra has said.

Police/CBI investigation is necessary

It needs police /CBI investigation to ascertain if the misappropriated money of the Samaja, at least the sum of Rs.50.00 lakhs for which needle of suspicion points to Manubhai, was to be adjusted from that payment. Such investigation may gain from analyzing as to why Dandaniraodh has told Manubhai that he would have been in jail instead of Braja Bhai had he not saved him and why he feels that Democle’s sword is hanging on Manubhai, Manorama Mohapatra and Satya Paul linking the same to Braja bhai’s statement in course of investigation.

Investigation is also required on whether, as revealed by Dandanirodh Mishra, on 15 November 2006, Manubhai Patel was to receive Rs. 50.00 lakhs clandestinely from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, which was abandoned in fear of sting cameras and if that “programme” was “scheduled”, for what purpose the CM was to give him that money.

The Samaja in Death Bed: Succumbing to Foul Play of Servants of the People Society

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Orissa’s once most popular daily, the Samaja, founded by Utkalmani Pandit Gopabandhu Das is now in death bed and if its present condition continues, it may not survive for long. The crisis is so deep that editors are being hired and fired under whims and caprices of functionaries of Servants of the People Society (SoPS), which, I have reason to suspect, has taken away the paper by forging a Will of Pandit Das.

Orissa believes that Das had willed away the Satyavadi Press and The Samaj to the SoPS. But reality is different as prima-facie evidences suggest. I may come to this matter later.

But the present situation deserves immediate attention.

The paper is in problem as a self-appointed body of office bearers of the SoPS has appointed a team of 11 persons to intervene in the paper’s affairs, monitor its activities and take action and apprise the SoPS of their resolution, if any, for further action at the apex level. Journalism being the main activity of The Samaja, this poses a direct threat to its editorial and journalistic independence. The highhanded intervention of SoPS functionaries in editorial independence has forced editors quit their assignments and has made the post of editor farcical with forcing some to work in subordinate ranks of acting/executive editor: as for example, Ganeswar Mishra, Pramod Mohapatra and some to run away after a few months of joining, such as Chandrabhanu Patnaik. The incumbent editor – a highly professional Gopal Mohapatra, who in a short span of time has transformed the paper into people’s voice again, is now counting his days as buzzing in the grapevine transmits the name of a new man, Bimalendu Mohanty. This spells disaster for editorial dignity in a paper once considered as the best sentinel of the State. It is difficult to think of anything else when an editor is to be supervised and monitored and instructed by a gang of eleven non-journalists.

Its employees – both journalists and non-journalists – have since long been trying to save it from manipulators. But the killing viruses are so shrewdly active that instead of improving, it is taking a turn from bad to worse. (To be continued)