One Tripathi (KD) scolds another Tripathi (BC)

Vol 18, PW 20 (04 Jun 15) People & Policy

Usually on friendly terms, new oil secretary Kapil Dev Tripathi and GAIL chairman BC Tripathi joke about sharing the same last name.

But that didn’t prevent the oil secretary from blasting the GAIL chairman on May 26 over two highly negative reports by GAIL’s Chief Vigilance Officer Rajesh Ranjan submitted in the last two months. “The two men are on good terms ever since (KD) Tripathi was CVC secretary,” says a source.

“But that day the oil secretary was very angry with the GAIL chairman. He wanted to know who to hold responsible for the CVO’s allegations.

” GAIL chairman Tripathi is accused of favouring Delhi-based contractor Avinash Em and of bias in the director BD selection process. Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) officials sent an interim report to the ministry on April 26, 2015, accusing GAIL’s Empowered Contracts & Procurement Committee (ECPC) of backing Avinash in the award of a Rs68cr ($11m) petrochemical facilities contract on May 1, 2012.

At the time chairman Tripathi, (former) director finance PK Jain and (former) director projects RD Goyal all sat on the ECPC. “The ministry has frozen Jain’s retirement benefits,” adds another source.

“But no action has been taken against Tripathi.” In the BD selection process Ranjan alleges that Tripathi, director human resources M.

Ravindran and executive director HR Amit Ray selected only eight candidates for PESB interviews so that Sanjib Datta could slip through and win.

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