HC orders CVC probe into ‘donations’ taken by top ONGC officials

The Gujarat High Court on Monday ordered Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to inquire into allegations made in a PIL that top ONGC officials collected donations from the PSU’s multinational contractors in the name of charity.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: April 23, 2013 2:13:51 am

The Gujarat High Court on Monday ordered Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to inquire into allegations made in a PIL that top ONGC officials collected donations from the PSU’s multinational contractors in the name of charity.

A division bench asked the CVC to start the inquiry within two weeks of receiving its order and complete it in two months thereafter.

The court order came on a public interest litigation (PIL) moved by two senior ONGC officials,K C Harikumar and Anil Dhavan.

The petitioners argued that former ONGC CMD R S Sharma and the director (offshore) Sudhir Vasudeva,along with others had helped ONGC Officers’ Mahila Samithi headed by Sharma’s wife Rashmi in collecting around Rs 3.25 crore in donations from 49 multinational contractors hired by ONGC (offshore) in Mumbai. The donations were collected in the name of charity.

However,since acceptance of such donations are against ONGC rules and anti-corruption law,the petitioners sought and received information through RTI and made complaints to ONGC,CVC and to the Central government,but there was no action.

In their complaint,the petitioners had also furnished details of benefits the contractors allegedly extracted from ONGC after making donations.

The petitioners had also alleged that under the chairmanship of R S Sharma,ONGC adopted the outfit headed by his wife as a partner in the Composite Social Responsibility and diverted huge funds in the name of social work in 2010-2011 and Rs 4.11 crore was given as grant,which was a case of misappropriation.

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