The Chandigarh Administration has ordered a vigilance inquiry into the illegal sale of diesel by Municipal Corporation drivers at two petrol pumps in the city, which was reported by Newsline on Monday.
“It is a serious matter, and the Vigilance Department has been asked to conduct a thorough probe into the alleged embezzlement,” said Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal.
Mayor Poonam Sharma said that she would recommend registration of an FIR after seeking legal opinion.
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The Engineering Department of the UT Administration, which runs the Bharat Petroleum pump in Industrial Area, Phase I, held a meeting to discuss ways to bring transparency in the functioning of the pump.
“We have decided to install CCTV cameras at the pump. The staff will also be frequently rotated and there will be regular surprise checks at the pump, even though location of the pump makes it difficult to catch anyone red-handed. We are verifying the matter and working on certain leads,” said a source.
Sources added that around two years ago, an intimation regarding the cartel which takes diesel from MC drivers and sells it further was received by the department.
“However, due to lack of evidence, no action was taken against anyone. However, the people were identified and asked to leave the spot. They were probably more cautious after that,” an offical said.
Officials said nobody was seen or found indulging any illegal activity at either petrol pumps on Monday.
CITCO MD Kavita Singh said that she was looking into the matter and positive results were expected soon.
Mayor Sharma said, “After seeking legal opinion, I will write to the Municipal Commissioner to recommend an FIR. It is clear that certain people have indulged in criminal activity.”
Newsline reported that drivers of MC field vehicles, who get diesel refilled at the Industrial Area petrol pump and the CITCO petrol pump in Sector 9, are either giving containers full of diesel to a group which illegally sells it, or are taking cash from the petrol pump staff for not getting the full amount of diesel mentioned in their vouchers.