ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Politics-Parvathipuram Conspiracy Case

about the continuing close links bet- ween the JCI and private trade, suggesting that many of these lapses by the JCI might not have been involuntary after all. Instances are cited of the officials of the JCI actually competing with private trade in cheating the poor grower by employing such time-honoured devices as downgrading the quality of jute offered for sale and underweighing. There is also a fairly detailed account of many shady deals with trade and industry, including the appointment of two private firms (controlled by two brothers) of Calcutta as JCI agents tor purchase of jute at Parvathipuram in Andhra Pradesh. The report also cites many instances where JCI appointed buyers colluded with private traders by preparing bogus cash memos in the names of different 'farmers' in order to show that jute has been actually purchased the Showers. The JCl-appointed private firms buying jute in Parvathipuram, for instance, produced receipts in one case to show that 198 growers in 21 villages had sold jute to the JCI, only for the COPU to discover that 186 of these 198 did not exist at all, and the remaining 12 growers denied ever selling jute to either of the two agents.

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