How to get your ONGC boss to sit up and listen

Vol 16, PW 19 (18 Apr 13) People & Policy

When Sunil Chaurasia, an additional chief legal advisor for ONGC in Mumbai, was denied promotion, he refused to take it sitting down, literally! In a unique form of protest, 59-year-old Chaurasia has refused to sit on his office chair since December 28, 2012.

Instead he works all day standing on his feet. No medical problem prevents Chaurasia sitting down: he just can't accept that he was denied a promotion to deputy general manager.

Chaurasia retires in September this year but was shocked to find his name missing from the promotion list released by director human resources KS Jamestin on December 21, 2012. “A woman who is Chaurasia's junior by several years was promoted and is now his boss in the legal department,” says a source.

Frustrated Chaurasia comes to the office sporting a black cap in protest. He reads drafts and sends out all ONGC legal cases and documents standing upright.

Chaurasia wrote to ONGC chairman Sudhir Vasudeva on December 28, 2012 and most recently on March 7 and April 8 this year to complain. He says he is the most senior in the legal department and has won several important cases for ONGC, besides receiving three merit certificates over the last five years.

“As in-charge of the legal section of the MH Asset I have been denied promotion for reasons beyond my understanding,” Chaurasia tells PETROWATCH. “No other law officer has been awarded three certificates.

” Chaurasia feels his merit certificates are worthless and wants to return them. Chaurasia says justice in ONGC is not just blind but "deaf, dumb and crippled" also.