Allegations of wrongdoing have long enveloped the business group. For one, it’s accused of illegally building a multistoried commercial building on public land in Raipur.
According to government records, Dainik Bhaskar got 45,000 sq ft land to set up its press in Raipur in 1985. The lease deed said the paper would not use the land for any purpose other than to open the press. It not only built a commercial complex on this plot but even allegedly grabbed another 10,000 sq ft of public land nearby. Further, Bhaskar owes Rs 7.61 crore in unpaid lease fees to the Chhattisgarh government.
In 2017, citing the illegal construction, the state government cancelled the lease and ordered the paper to return the plot. Three years later, Bhaskar continues to occupy the building.
The Bhaskar group is accused of grabbing land in Bhopal as well. In 2010, it , called DB Mall, on five acres of land that the Madhya Pradesh government had cleared of the Sanjay Nagar slum…