We are here to stay and to give good value to our Customers : CEO, PACL

PACL, a reputed name in real estate for the last 15 years with a presence pan India with its Housing, Commercial, Townships, and Hospitality Projects is here to stay and will continue to give value to its customers.  “In fact we have massive growth plans and customers are calling in to reiterate their trust in our company and the value we bring to them and their investments.

Nothing can deter us from our path for growth to our customers especially at the lowest level in small towns and villages. A few vested interests may try and are trying  to spread a negative word here and there but facts speak for themselves and our customers are with us. In fact it has only deepened our resolve to take our company to bigger heights,” says Jyoti Narain, CEO of PACL.

Brushing aside the recent negative reports in a section of the press Mr Narain clarified: “PACL has recently wrongly being presented as a chit fund company along with some other companies. There is no truth in the  propaganda of PACL being a chit fund company, NBFC or in any business of collective investments. At a time when many real estate developers are being accused of launching projects which are not authorized by the Government, PACL has launched projects only after taking all the required clearances from authorizing bodies. This truth speaks for itself and regulatory bodies and our customers will second this.”

Mr. Narain further stated “PACL is not a chit fund company and is purely engaged into real estate and related activities. These types of allegations had come up in past too but PACL won all the legal battles against them from the Honorable High Courts of Rajasthan and Delhi. But if any customer still has any concerns with any of our schemes, they are most welcome and can share their concerns with us. In fact for this we have we have created helpline numbers 1800117314 (For MTNL & BSNL Users) & 011 – 43650000 (for other users), and in last one month itself the company has settled 51000 claims in Gwalior alone ”.

Customers have been the backbone of PACL and are absolutely satisfied with services provided by PACL, and they are absolutely safe. It is stated and management confirmed availability of land worth a substantial amount. PACL does not have any cases of default and have been regularly honoring all their agreements with their customers.

About PACL

PACL India Limited was incorporated on February 13, 1996 with the Registrar of Companies, Jaipur, under Companies Act 1956. PACL is India’s premier ISO 9001:2008 & ISO 14001:2004 real estate Development Company with multi-dimensional focus ranging from commercial to retail and residential segments. The company is also engaged in the sale and purchase of agricultural land and supported with huge land bank. It has its its registered office at  22nd, 3rd floor Amber Tower, Sansar Chand Road, Jaipur – 302004 ,and Corporate office at 7th Floor, Gopaldas Bhawan, 28, Barakhamba Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi – 110001.

The company has its townships all across the country  in all the major states like Delhi, Punjab, M.P, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, U.P. and several  projects are coming in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Nagpur, Ludhiana, Karjat, Amritsar, Chennai, Lucknow, Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu), Loni (Ghaziabad), Allahabad, Varanasi, Gurgaon, Rewari, Narnaul, Sonipat, Kurukshetra, Karnal & Ambala.

प्रेस रिलीज

पीएसीएल कथा (पार्ट दो)

पीएसीएल की ये कथा इकानामिक टाइम्स में प्रकाशित हो चुकी है. पिछले महीने की 28 तारीख को. इस स्टोरी में पीएसीएल की पूरी कुंडली है और इसके काम करने के तौर-तरीके के बारे में विस्तार से बताया गया है. इस स्टोरी का हिंदी अनुवाद जरूरी है ताकि ज्यादा से ज्यादा हिंदी पट्टी के लोग पीएसीएल के बारे में जान सकें क्योंकि पीएसीएल का ज्यादातर काम इन दिनों हिंदी बेल्ट में ही संचालित हो रहा है.

Rs 20,000 crore deposits & a land bank the size of Bangalore : ‘Realtor’ PACL’s ‘illegal schemes’ may drown millions’ money

28 Jun, 2011, 07.09AM IST, Sruthijith KK, ET Bureau

NEW DELHI: On a recent Saturday afternoon, the A6 DDA market in West Delhi’s Paschim Vihar looked desolate. Rows of shops remained shut and a few people milled about unhurriedly as the summer heat soared. On the third floor of the complex, up a dark flight of stairs with betel-juice-stained walls, the office of an obscure real estate company called PACL India Ltd was an oasis of activity.

Hundreds of people had gathered there, giving it the appearance of a busy bank branch on payday. Transactions abounded across counters, people chatted animatedly in small groups, and streamed in and out amid long, snaking queues.

From this office and 279 more across India, PACL runs an operation that the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) deems illegal because it considers it a collective investment scheme in the garb of a real estate company. But the final word has not yet been said about what kind of an animal PACL actually is. That dispute will be settled by the Supreme Court, where the case has lain for eight long years.

ET spent six weeks interviewing about two dozen people to piece together the picture of a company that looks suspiciously like a pyramid scheme and whose downfall could wipe out the savings of millions of people. While the dispute waits to be resolved by the Supreme Court, PACL has grown a 100-fold, aided by customers who have given money to the company ostensibly to book a plot of land they can’t see or choose. Deposits with PACL-the company calls them ‘customer advances’-have ballooned to Rs 20,000 crore.

It has used the money to buy land in various parts of the country, including barren desert land. Its land bank, PACL said in a filing with the Registrar of Companies, is 1.85 lakh acres, roughly the size of Bangalore (In comparison, large realty firms such as DLF or Unitech typically own 12,000-15,000 acres). More than the prospect of owning land, customers are more likely lured by the ‘expected value of land’ the company indicates for investment terms ranging from 5 to 10 years.

This works out to more than a 12.5% annual return on investment. PACL’s deposits are brought in by a network of about 8 lakh agents, who are organised in the manner of a classic pyramid scheme, or “chain system”, and stake their credibility for the company in return for attractive commissions on deposits brought in by them and other agents linked to them in the chain.

If the Supreme Court decides in favour of Sebi and says PACL indeed operates a collective investment scheme that must be strictly regulated, several million small investors risk losing the savings they have invested in the hope of an attractive return. Those at the bottom of the pyramid will be the worst affected. PACL is perhaps only the largest among a number of such schemes mushrooming across the country.

Their growth is fuelled by the universal lure of getrich-quick schemes, protected by lackadaisical enforcement and, in some cases, ambiguous rules. Arrests have occurred on consumer complaints in a few cases. The ministry of corporate affairs has launched an awareness campaign through major newspapers across the country, warning investors against collective investment schemes.

MCA secretary DK Mittal said the government’s advertising campaign was prompted by a number of complaints against online schemes and other collective investment schemes. They have not received complaints against PACL, he said. Elsewhere, there have been complaints. Gwalior collector Akash Tripathi said he has received more than 10,000 complaints against 16 companies running collective investment schemes, including PACL.

His administration last month moved to freeze the bank accounts of PACL and similar companies, and started sealing the properties owned by them. “This is a big menace. These companies are saying they are collecting deposits for land or cattle or what not, but they are essentially a finance operation,” Tripathi said. PACL may look like a pyramid scheme, walk like a pyramid scheme and talk like a pyramid scheme, but it is not called a pyramid scheme.

“We are a real estate company. We are in the sales purchase business of land. Customers pay us to buy land,” said PACL director S Bhattacharya. “Customers pay for the land in instalments and at the end of their term, they can decide to either get a randomly allotted plot, or we will help them sell that plot and get whatever is the value of the land at that time.” Irrespective of where the plot is-suburban Mumbai or rural Madhya Pradesh-the company treats them alike, and assigns identical expected returns.

A brochure of the company distributed by its agents says PACL has more than 10 crore ‘plot owners’. Bhattacharya said the company has no more than 50 lakh customers. Even that estimate means one in every 170 Indians over 15 years of age is a PACL customer.

PACL is unique in that not only are its plots randomly allotted, but when money is paid, the company issues a certificate with the amount the customer is expected to get at the end of the plan term. If a customer puts down Rs 50,000 for a 500 square yard plot, he or she can expect to get back Rs 1,01,365 in six years, or Rs 1.85 lakh in 10 years. Bhattacharya said about 80% of customers opt to take the money at the end of the plan term instead of the plot of land they supposedly paid for.

From a customer’s point of view, he or she can entirely ignore the plot of land that is supposed to back their investment, walk into a PACL branch, deposit money and expect to get a very attractive return at the end of the plan term.

It is not hard to see how this plan quickly gets morphed into a “double your money in six years” scheme. That is exactly what happens. Through the army of agents who get up to a 15% commission on investments they help bring in, PACL’s schemes have acquired a cult-like following in many parts of the country, particularly in small towns and rural India.

Anyone who joins a PACL scheme can become an agent. It is these agents, a network of exponentially growing microentrepreneurs, who give word-ofmouth publicity for PACL, staking their credibility among friends, relatives and community for the company. From Paschim Vihar to Madurai to Navi Mumbai, their elevator pitch remains the same. “PACL is a public limited company”. “It is a company under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs”. “It’s a company operating since 1983 and has never missed a payment”. A number of agents across the country repeated these claims, indicating systematic training.

Any company with more than 50 shareholders is deemed a public limited company, even though PACL agents use this term to insinuate some kind of government backing or the sanction of law. Same is the case with the MCA claim, as all companies have to register with the ministry’s Registrar of Companies. The claim of a 28-year record is a more complex truth, as the company was registered only in 1996. It is perhaps a reference to a related company- PGF Ltd-that was indeed founded in 1983 and was asked to wind up and pay back investors in 2002.

Bhattacharya said the agents may make many promises or talk up the company to maximise commissions but the company cannot be blamed for it. But at the Paschim Vihar office, where this correspondent spent the better part of two days, plenty of agents were peddling the “double your money” line quite openly, using brochures and pamphlets that had complex charts showing return on investments and agent commissions across levels.

Little effort seemed underway by the company to regulate these pitches. The agents perpetuate the PACL cult, and the company benefits from it the most. Thirty-one-yearold Anil Verma, who contracted polio as an infant and walks with the aid of crutches, is one such agent. Verma said working as an independent agent for PACL has given him hope and a steady income. Unable to pass the Class X exam, he dabbled in many jobs, including as a plumber.

But Verma said it was not until he became a PACL agent that he started dreaming of a better future. The PACL network of agents around him was a testimony to that. Verma knows one agent who used to be a vegetable vendor at the Azadpur wholesale vegetable market in North Delhi.

“Now he is big. He bought his own house, he has a car… you know, steady income every month,” Verma said. Two levels above Verma in the pyramid is a man who clears Rs 10 lakh in commissions every month. “He has shown everyone the cheques.” Under an incentive scheme, PACL gifts motorcycles and cars to agents who recruit the most investors.

Typical of such networks, the few who make big money are motivation to the majority, like Verma, who make a few thousand rupees every month in commission. On each deposit, as much as 33% is paid out as commission by the company to the network of agents linked to the person recruiting the investor, according to the commission chart with the company’s agents. Bhattacharya said the company pays 7-8% as commission on each deposit. The company’s balance sheet suggests this figure is at least 12%.

Bhattacharya is not comfortable with the description of his agent network as a pyramid scheme or a ponzi scheme. “There is a chain system, that’s true,” he said. There are agents with thousands of agents below them-one agent in Madurai spoke of his boss who has 8,000 people under him. Along with the millions of investors, lakhs of these agents will suffer if PACL runs into trouble and payments are disrupted. It is a prospect that Verma said he cannot even imagine, but is sure will never happen.

“If for the sake of argument let’s say the company is not returning your money. The land is still yours, no?” But there is no title deed to the land, only a computer-generated receipt. Verma said there is still no problem. “You can always go to the MCA and show the slip. They are bound to give you the land because this is a company under the MCA.” This is the kind of disinformation that sustains and perpetuates the PACL network.

HISTORY AND PROMOTERS

PACL started life in 1996 as Gurwant Agrotech Ltd, a company selling magnetic pillows and other therapeutical products. (It subsequently changed its name to Pearls Agrotech Corporation Ltd and PACL India Ltd). Between 1996 and 1998, Nirmal Singh Bhangoo was a director of the company.

Bhangoo was also the chairman and managing director of Pearls Golden Forest Ltd (subsequently named PGF Ltd). PGF Ltd and PACL Ltd both followed similar business models, even though at the time PGF was a much larger entity. In 1997, there was a huge uproar against plantation companies, agro companies and other similar schemes that promised a high rate of return and disappeared with investors’ money.

The government announced that such companies would be regulated, and efforts commenced with the formation of acommittee chaired by former UTI chairman SA Dave. The committee’s report formed the basis of Sebi’s Collective Investment Scheme Regulations, 1999. The Dave committee defined CIS schemes by three important characteristics-pooling of investments, management by a separate entity and absence of day-to-day control of investors. “The principle of no day-to-day control of the investor in management of the property should be the prime criterion in determining the status of such schemes,” the committee said.

When Sebi notified the CIS regulations in 1999, more than 1,000 companies were asked to wind down and refund investors. Both PACL and PGF found themselves in the list. Both petitioned high courts-PGF Ltd in Punjab and PACL Ltd in Rajasthan, where it is registered. The Punjab High Court ruled that PGF Ltd was clearly a collective investment scheme, and asked it to shut shop.

The court said PGF’s claim that its sole activity was the sale, purchase and development of agricultural land was “a sham and a mere paper transaction” carried out “with the aim and object of screening its real activity”. In 2008, a Sebi inquiry found that the company had not complied with the order to refund investors, and banned its promoters and executives from the securities markets for 10 years. Those thus banned include Bhangoo, PACL’s Bhattacharya (then a general manager at PGF) and PACL company secretary SK Gaur, who was also company secretary of PGF Ltd. The schemes of PACL and those that PGF ran were identical. Gaur said they were different in that in the case of PGF, plot sizes were much larger.

But the Rajasthan High Court took the view that PACL could not be considered a collective investment scheme. Sebi appealed against this decision in the Supreme Court. The securities market regulator declined to comment for this story While the question of the legality of PACL’s operations went to the Supreme Court, two things happened that helped PACL grow dramatically. One was that the company now had a virtual monopoly as most competing schemes wound up because of Sebi action. Another was that the group started a TV channel-P7-in 2005.

The channel runs advertisement for PACL, giving the company the sheen of a credible brand.”It’s on TV all the time. Don’t you watch P7?” an agent in Navi Mumbai asked. In the demographic PACL draws its business from, many claims go unquestioned, and television news is highly credible. The exact relationship between PACL and group companies such as Pearls Infrastructure Projects Ltd and the company that runs the Hindi news channel P7 are not clear. Bhattacharya said they are all associate companies, refusing to comment on the ownership.

The ownership of PACL and other Pearls companies is hard to determine. PACL, for instance, is owned by 73 different entities, many of them shell companies owned by other companies in the list. It’s an elabo-rate network that disguises the real owners of the company, and because Indian laws don’t mandate the disclosure of beneficial ownership, it works. Some clues are to be found in regulatory filings with the Registrar of Companies. There are at least 17 companies that are shareholders in both PACL Ltd and Bhangoo-promoted PGF Ltd.

In April 2010, Bhangoo and his wife Prem Kaur transferred 14,78,000 shares (amounting to 7.36% of the company’s paid-up capital) held by them in PACL to a number of different entities. PACL MD Sukhdev Singh is a relative of Bhangoo, Bhattacharya revealed on persistent questioning, although he maintained that Bhangoo has nothing to do with the company. The website of an entity called Pearls Australasia is more instructive. The Australia-based company, “launched by New Delhibased Pearls group”, owns the Sheraton Mirage hotel on the Gold Coast. Bhangoo and son Harvindar Singh sit on the board of that company, which describes the Pearls group on its website as one of India’s “largest private landowners” and as “one of India’s fastest-growing corporate groups”.

Pearls Infrastructure, PACL India, Pearls Broadcasting Corporation, Pearls Spices, Pearls Tourism and the Gian Sagar Medical College are listed on the website as part of the Pearls group. While PACL does not advertise heavily, associate company Pearls Infrastructure Projects has done some high-profile marketing. The company is now the lead sponsor of IPL team Kings XI Punjab, and has hired Australian pacer Brett Lee as the brand ambassador. The “Pearls Group” is also the title sponsor of the India-West Indies one-day international and T20 tournaments underway in the Caribbean islands.

“HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION”

Bhattacharya and Gaur dismissed as “a hypothetical question” the prospect of an adverse Supreme Court ruling, which will instantly plug the cashflow required to keep up with the company’s burgeoning commitments. “We will obey the law and follow whatever instructions we receive,” Bhattacharya said.

The company has started valuing the vast land bank it owns with help from two global real estate consulting firms. Bhattacharya claims provisional reports from the companies- Jones Lang LaSalle and CB Richard Ellis-say the company’s land bank is worth at least Rs 70,000 crore. Last year, stakeholders received an inadvertent peek into a small sample of the company’s land bank.

On January 25, 2010, The Times of India reported about a curious incident that had alarmed officials in the ministry of defence. They realised that a company had been buying up land in the barren desert in Barmer district in Rajasthan, close to the sensitive India-Pakistan border. Through 681 separate transactions, the company had accumulated 10,000 acres of desert land, typically not known to appreciate and regarded useless for all practical purposes. That company was PACL Ltd.

साभार : इकोनामिक टाइम्स

पीएसीएल कथा (पार्ट एक)

इस देश में सबसे निरीह जनता है. लोग कानून और संविधान की मीठी मीठी बात करते हुए आते हैं और जनता से उसका भरोसा, पैसा, वोट, उर्जा… सब लूट ले जाते हैं. लुटेरों के अलग-अलग नाम होते हैं. वे अलग-अलग वक्त में आते हैं. इन लुटेरों को पुलिस वाले भी नहीं पहचान पाते क्योंकि लुटेरे बड़े हाईप्रोफाइल होते हैं. लुटेरों को इस देश की संस्थाएं, कानून, पढ़े-लिखे लोग आदि पहचान करने में काफी देर कर देते हैं. तब तक लुटेरे बेहद ताकतवर हो चुके होते हैं.

वे हर सवाल उठने पर अपनी शक्ल बदलकर और कानून की लंबी लंबी किताबें थामकर तर्क करने मैदान में खड़े हो जाते हैं. कई बार लुटेरे सब लूट-बटोरकर भाग जाते हैं और जनता ताकती रह जाती है. कई बार लुटेरे आखिर तक डटे रहते हैं और सिस्टम को खिला-पिलाकर अपना कारोबार करते रहते हैं. ये कहानियां हम सभी अलग-अलग समय में अलग-अलग नामों, पात्रों, चरित्रों के जरिए सुनते रहते हैं. ताजी कहानी पीएसीएल की है.

मीडिया में चर्चा का विषय बने पीएसीएल की असल कहानी क्या है. अखबारों-चैनलों पर विज्ञापन दे देकर अपनी सफाई देने वाली कंपनी पीएसीएल का धंधा क्या है, कैसे इसका संचालन होता है… इस पर हम विस्तार से और लगातार बात करेंगे. शुरुआत करते हैं उन कुछ स्टोरीज से जो विभिन्न पोर्टलों, अखबारों में प्रकाशित हुई है. सबसे पहले हिंदुस्तान टाइम्स की स्टोरी…. नीचे दी गई खबर को आप ध्यान से पढ़िए और पूरी बात समझिए…. अगर कोई साथी इस स्टोरी का हिंदी अनुवाद करके bhadas4media@gmail.com पर मेल कर दे तो अलग से प्रकाशित कर दिया जाएगा ताकि समूची हिंदी पट्टी के मीडिया वाले इसे पढ़े सकें और अपने अपने जिलों के लोगों को अपने अपने मीडिया माध्यमों के जरिए इस कंपनी के प्रति आगाह कर सकें.

यशवंत, एडिटर, भड़ास4मीडिया


Mystery realty firm raises eyebrows

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times

New Delhi, June 28, 2011

KEY QUESTIONS

  • Does PACL hand over title deeds to those individuals who have paid for the entire cost of land purchased?

  • what happens to people who are yet to make full payments for the land cost and have made only part payments?

  • Does PACL violate SEBI regulations?

Can a company sell plots of land the way some companies sell cosmetics or food supplements? Will a realty-based multi-level marketing scheme work in a country faced with enormous shortage of homes? The questions are looming large amid raised eyebrows as a Delhi-based company, PACL India Ltd  has succeeded in luring hundreds of thousands of people into investing in its realty-based scheme.

Sources connected with the company’s vast network said its agents route investments from individuals, mostly from rural areas into the company’s several schemes that promise plots of land on offer across India. PACL India Ltd, which also has its own real estate development business, promises prospective customers high interest on the money they deposit through appreciation of land prices, or through direct allotment of land.

No customer has suffered so far but the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is said to be challenging PACL as it deems its activities as a “collective investment scheme” that is not permitted under laws. The Supreme Court is understood to be examining the dispute that dates back years.

“The company has not defaulted on any payments due to its investors till date,” a PACL agent told Hindustan Times on the condition of anonymity. The company is said to dole out commissions of up to 40% to its agents, spread across several layers. PACL did not respond to calls or e-mail sent out by HT.

Realty industry sources said the company owns a land bank of around 180,000 acres estimated to be worth around R 70,000 crore and covers zones including small towns such as Visakhapatnam, Moradabad and Siwan and larger cities such as Mumbai and Delhi-NCR. An analyst at a leading land consultancy firm said that land is a physical asset so there should always be clear holding of the land to prove ownership. “A person can only own the land once physical possession of it is taken. A multi-level scheme simply does not have the wherewithal for such transactions,” said a real estate consultant who asked not be identified.

साभार : हिंदुस्तान टाइम्स

सेबी ने वाकई पीएसीएल के कई ठिकानों पर छापेमारी की या आजसमाज में फर्जी खबर छपी?

इन दिनों पीएसीएल चर्चा में है. यह पर्ल्स ग्रुप की मदर कंपनी है. पी7न्यूज चैनल, बिंदिया मैग्जीन, मनी मंत्रा मैग्जीन, शुक्रवार मैग्जीन यही ग्रुप निकालता है. मध्य प्रदेश में राज्य सरकार ने बिल्डरों और चिटफंडियों के खिलाफ अभियान चला रखा है. इसकी शुरुआत खासकर तब हुई जब कई बिल्डरों और चिटफंडियों ने राज्य सरकार को अपने मीडिया माध्यमों से ब्लैकमेल करना शुरू किया. जब ब्लैकमेलिंग की हद हो गई तो राज्य सरकार ने इन्हें सबक सिखाने के लिए इनकी मूल कंपनियों की चूले हिला दीं.

बड़े अखबारों में विज्ञापन छपवाकर और शहर शहर में होर्डिंग लगाकर राज्य सरकार ने जनता से अपील की कि वे अपना पैसे इन चिटफंडियों को न दें क्योंकि ये कभी भी भाग सकते हैं और इनके पास कानूनी कागजात पूरे नहीं हैं. राज्य सरकार ने अपने जिलाधिकारियों और पुलिस अधीक्षकों को बिल्डरों व चिटफंडियों को धरने-पकड़ने, संपत्ति जब्त करने, कागजात की छानबीन करने आदि में लगा दिया. तो ग्वालियर संभाग में करीब तीन दर्जन से ज्यादा कंपनियों पर पुलिस व प्रशासन ने गाज गिरा दी जिसमें पीएसीएल भी है. पीएसीएल वालों ने दिल्ली समेत कई राज्यों में विज्ञापन देकर यह स्पष्ट किया है कि वे कोई गलत काम नहीं कर रहे हैं.

पीएसीएल के खिलाफ नवभारत टाइम्स और स्टार न्यूज में खबरें छपी-दिखाई गईं. यह भी चर्चा है कि पी7न्यूज के कर्ताधर्ता दिल्ली में गोपालदास भवन में फर्जी निवेशकों को इकट्ठा कर उनके इंटरव्यू अपने पक्ष में जोरशोर से प्रसारित कर रहे हैं ताकि मीडिया में खिलाफ बने माहौल को धीरे धीरे ठीक किया जा सके. ताजी सूचना ये है कि आजसमाज अखबार के गुड़गांव एडिशन में पीएसीएल को निशाना बनाते हुए ऐसी खबर छाप दी जिसकी सत्यता संदिग्ध है. कांग्रेसी नेता विनोद शर्मा के इस अखबार में जिसके प्रधान संपादक आजकल महान पत्रकार राहुल देव हैं, में खबर प्रकाशित हुई की पीएसीएल के कई शहरों के आफिसों पर सेबी के अधिकारियों ने छापेमारी की. पूरी खबर पढ़िए और बताइए कि क्या वाकई पीएसीएल के ठिकानों पर देशव्यापी छापे सेबी के लोगों ने डाले हैं?

जनता का पैसा लूटने वाले पीएसीएल एवं केएमजे के ग्‍यारह कर्मचारी पुलिस गिरफ्त में

मध्‍य प्रदेश में चिट फंड कंपनियों के खिलाफ चल रहे व्‍यापक अभियान में जबलपुर प्रशासन ने सख्‍त रवैया अपना लिया है. जबलपुर में पीएसीएल और केएमजे के 11 कर्मचारियों को गिरफ्तार किया गया है. पीएसीएल और केएमजे दोनों मीडिया ग्रुप का संचालन भी करती हैं.  चिट फंड के नाम पर जनता को सुनहरे सपने दिखाकर उनकी गाढ़ी कमाई पर डाका डालने वालों का बचना अब मुश्किल हो गया है.

ग्‍वालियर के बाद जबलपुर प्रशासन ने ऐसी कंपनियों पर शिकंजा कस दिया है, जो करोड़ों रुपये के फर्जीवाड़ा में लिप्‍त थीं और जनता को गुमराह कर रही थीं. धोखाधड़ी के आरोप में पीएसीएल के छह कर्मचारी तथा केएमजे के पांच कर्मचारियों को पुलिस ने गिरफ्तार किया है. पुलिस ने छापा मारकर पीएसीएल के दफ्तर को भी सील कर दिया है. जबलपुर के सीएसपी राजेश दंडोतिया ने बताया कि जब छापा मारकर पीएसीएल के दफ्तर को सील किया जा रहा था, उस समय अपना पैसा वापस लेने के लिए लोगों की भारी भीड़ लगी हुई थी.

दूसरी तरफ पी7 न्‍यूज चैनल का संचालन करने वाली कंपनी पीएसीएल तमाम अखबारों में विज्ञापन देकर अपने को पाक साफ बताया है. कंपनी की ओर से जारी विज्ञापन में कहा गया है कि कुछ लोग कंपनी के बारे में गलत और भ्रांति पैदा करने वाली सूचनाएं मार्केट में फैला रहे हैं, जबकि कंपनी तकनीकी रूप से बिल्‍कुल सही है. अपने तर्क को वजन देने के लिए पीएसीएल ने अपने कई प्रोजेक्‍टों के साथ कंपनी के ब्रांड अम्‍बेसडर आस्‍ट्रेलिया के तेज गेंदबाज ब्रेट ली की तस्‍वीर भी प्रकाशित की है.

मध्‍य प्रदेश में चिटफंड कंपनियों की परेशानियां कम होने का नाम नहीं ले रही हैं. सरकार चिटफंड कंपनियों के साम्राज्‍य पर भी हल्‍ला बोल दिया है. कई कंपनियां आम निवेशकों से पैसा उगाहने के बाद शासन-प्रशासन पर दबाव बनाने के लिए मीडिया हाउसेज खोल लिए थे. इधर, पुलिस ने जबलपुर में पीएसीएल के एजेंट राजेश कुशवाहा के खुदकुशी के मामले में कंपनी के अधिकारियों के खिलाफ मामला दर्ज कर लिया है. पूरे प्रकरण की जांच की जा रही है.

स्टार न्यूज ने भी पी7 न्यूज की मंदर कंपनी पीएसीएल के खिलाफ खबर दिखाई

नवभारत टाइम्स के बाद अब स्टार न्यूज ने भी पी7 न्यूज चैनल चलाने वाली कंपनी का भंडाफोड़ शुरू कर दिया है। आमतौर पर मीडिया हाउस एक दूसरे की निगेटिव खबरें दिखाने से बचते हैं लेकिन स्टार न्यूज ने शनिवार दोपहर दो बजे के बुलेटिन में पी7 न्यूज चैनल चलाने वाली पीएसीएल के फर्जीवाड़े को लीड स्टोरी बनाया और पांच मिनट तक चैनल पर चलाया।

स्टार न्यूज ने अपने चैनल पर बंपर में पी7 न्यूज चैनल का जिक्र भी किया। पीएसीएल, पी7 न्यूज के अलावा समाचार पत्रिका “शुक्रवार”, बिजनेस पत्रिका ”मनी मंत्रा” और महिलाओं पर आधारित पत्रिका “बिंदिया” भी निकालती है। ग्वालियर में पीएसीएल सहित 33 चिटफंड कंपनियों के फर्जीवाड़े का पता लगने के बाद शनिवार को अब तक की सबसे बड़ी कार्रवाई की गई है। इन कंपनियों के खाते सील कर दिए गए हैं, बल्कि इनके कामकाज पर भी रोक लगा दी गई है। स्टार न्यूज ने कमिश्नर के हवाले से बताया है कि ये कंपनिया पालतू जानवरों मुर्गी, भेड़ और बकरी पालन के नाम पर भोले भाले निवेशकों को ठग रही थी। इनमें से पीएसीएल पर फर्जी जमीन दिखाकर निवेशकों को चूना लगाने के नाम पर कार्रवाई की गई है।

स्टार न्यूज ने बंपर बनाकर और कमिश्नर की बाइट के आधार पर पीएसीएल का कच्चा चिट्ठा खोला और उसे धोखेबाज, फर्जी और भोले भाले निवेशकों की खून पसीने की कमाई चूसने वाली कंपनी तक करार दिया। दो दिन पहले नवभारत टाइम्स के बिजनेस रिपोर्टर ने सेबी के हवाले से पीएसीएल के फर्जीवाड़े का भंडाफोड़ किया था और बिजनेस पेज पर लीड स्टोरी बनाया था। पीएसीएल के खिलाफ सेबी का केस सुप्रीम कोर्ट में चल रहा है। अपने कथित गड़बड़ कामों को दबाए रखने के लिए पीएसीएल ने सन 2009 में मीडिया में निवेश किया। इसके बाद से पी7 न्यूज में कई ऐसे लोगों की भर्ती हुई जो कंपनी को फायदा पहुंचा सकते थे।

कुछ राजनीतिज्ञों के फोन करवाके कई लोग चैनल में महत्वपूर्ण पद पर आ गए हैं। लेकिन उसके बाद भी कंपनी के खिलाफ कार्रवाई रुक नहीं रही है। इसको लेकर कंपनी के संचालक खासे नाराज हैं। हालिया घटनाक्रम के बाद चैनल के प्रबंधकों पर सब कुछ मैनेज करवाने का दबाव बढ़ गया है। खबर है कि चैनल के संचालक बड़े बिजनेस रिपोर्टरों से संपर्क साधने में जुटे हैं, जो सेबी से उसे राहत दिलवा सके।

पुलिस ने खंगाले पीएसीएल कंपनी के दस्तावेज

शिवपुरी (मध्य प्रदेश) । ग्वालियर में चिटफंड कंपनियों के खिलाफ की गई कार्रवाई के बाद अब शिवपुरी में भी चिटफंड कंपनियों पर शिकंजा कसना शुरू हो गया है। शहर के झांसी रोड पर स्थित पीएसीएल कंपनी के दफ्तर में जिला प्रशासन व पुलिस ने रविवार को दस्तावेजों को खंगालने का काम शुरू किया है। सूत्र बताते हैं कि भोपाल से मुख्य सचिव और डीजीपी के निर्देश पर पुलिस प्रशासन ने विभिन्न चिटफंड कंपनियों के कारोबार को लेकर जांच पड़ताल शुरू की है।

रविवार को पल्स कंपनी के मैनेजर को तलब कर कंपनी से जुड़े कागज और निवेश से संबंधित जानकारी पुलिस ने एकत्रित की है। कंपनी के मैनेजर एवं अन्य अधिकारियों ने पुलिस प्रशासन को बताया कि जिन निवेशकों ने कंपनी में पैसा लगाया है उनका पैसा निर्घारित फार्म भर प्रक्रिया अपनाकर वापस किया जा रहा है। इस बारे में शिवपुरी के एसडीओपी संजय अग्रवाल का कहना है कि कलक्टर कार्यालय से चिटफंड कंपनियों के बारे में जांच के लिए मुझे पत्र मिला है। यदि किसी निवेशक को किसी कंपनी के बारे में संदेह अथवा जमा पैसे वापसी में कोई दिक्कत आ रही है तो वह शिकायत दर्ज करा सकता है।