Jobs-for-cash scam catches up with Satyanarayana

Vol 16, PW 15 (21 Feb 13) People & Policy

Incoming ONGC director onshore Kotipally Satyanarayana is again at the centre of an investigation over his alleged role in a jobs-for-cash scam.

PETROWATCH learns the CBI - India’s equivalent of America’s FBI - has launched a fresh probe into Satyanarayana's role after the anti-corruption Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) watchdog asked it to investigate on January 7. “There is a serious racket where money has been collected from candidates seeking jobs,” writes the CVC.

“Screening tests and interviews were allegedly held at ONGC offices. The case has inter-state ramifications as Satyanarayana was Tripura asset manager, the victims were from Andhra Pradesh’s West and East Godavari districts and interviews and tests were allegedly held in Mumbai.

” Nine FIRs (First Information Reports) have been filed with police in Andhra Pradesh by people affected by the scam, writes the CVC, explaining why it is treating the matter as urgent. The CVC has also referred to the CBI a complaint filed on February 27, 2012, alleging that Satyanarayana, his son Kotipally Satish Kumar and others took bribes.

This month on February 14, the oil ministry directed ONGC’s chief vigilance officer Sanjeev Kumar to contact the CBI for an up-to-date report on Satyanarayana. The next day Kumar wrote to Mumbai-based CBI joint director Rishi Raj Singh requesting a report on Satyanarayana’s alleged involvement.

Satyanarayana was selected as ONGC director onshore on March 9, 2012 to replace AK Hazarika, who retired on September 30 last year. “We can’t clear Satyanarayana’s file without CVC approval,” says a DoPT official.

Currently an ONGC executive director, Satyanarayana is Officer on Special Duty (OSD) at ONGC’s Delhi office since August 2, 2012. All efforts to contact him for comment were unsuccessful.

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