Mahapatra wins anti-corruption clearance

Vol 17, PW 23 (03 Jul 14) News in Brief

Sudhakar Mahapatra’s appointment as Oil India director exploration was cleared by the CVC anti-corruption watchdog on June 14.

Mahapatra, 57, is general manager exploration and development at ONGC overseas subsidiary OVL. He told PETROWATCH last month (June) he was confident an inquiry into his employment with ONGC Mittal Energy in Nigeria would give him a clean bill of health.

Mahapatra's file is with oil ministry additional secretary Rajive Kumar, before heading to oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan. From Pradhan it will begin its month-long journey to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) for final approval.

Mahapatra was selected by the PESB on April 22 as director exploration to replace BN Talukdar who moved to the DGH in February. “Oil India officers are unhappy about an outsider coming in,” says an OIL source.

“We've served Oil India for over 30 years. How can an outsider know what to do better than us”