GAIL anti-corruption officer moves out

Vol 20, PW 11 (23 Feb 17) News in Brief

He spreads fear and loathing among the corrupt at GAIL.

But chief anti-corruption officer Rajesh Ranjan is moving out and some believe it's because of his relentless pursuit of corruption allegations against chairman BC Tripathi, former director human resources M. Ravindran and ED corporate planning Narendra Kumar.

Ranjan, an Indian Police Service officer, returns to Ranchi in his home state Jharkhand end-February to take up the prestigious position of Border Security Force additional director general. "Ranjan's position at GAIL officially ends in August (2017)," says a GAIL source.

"I don't know why he's being transferred so early." Ranjan's departure will please former director HR Ravindran, whom he accused of stealing $53m from GAIL Gas and Indraprastha Gas while managing director. Ranjan had recommended Ravindran's demotion and wanted his retirement benefits seized.

"But Ravindran retired (on January 31) without charges," says a GAIL source. "The message on his file said charges could not be substantiated.

He'll soon get all his retirement benefits."