CVC onto Bishnoi

Vol 15, PW 5 (08 Sep 11) News in Brief

Not the Intelligence Bureau (see above) but the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is to blame for delaying the appointment of Pradip Kumar Bishnoi as Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) member commercial.

Bishnoi was selected on June 3 for the post, lying vacant since November 17 last year when LK Singhvi retired, aged 65. An oil ministry official says the CVC has received a complaint about Bishnoi’s tenure in 2003 at state-owned petroleum and chemical products manufacturer Balmer Lawrie & Co.

From Balmer Lawrie, Bishnoi went to state-owned steel producer Rashtriya Ispat Nigam (RINL) from which he retired on July 31 as chairman, aged 60. “We cannot understand why the CVC is now probing Bishnoi’s tenure at Balmer Lawrie,” says our ministry source.

“He must have got CVC clearance before becoming chairman at RINL.” Former IndianOil interim chairman BM Bansal was originally selected to replace Singhvi at PNGRB but turned down the job.