ONGC director DD Misra in catering court case

Vol 21, PW 2 (19 Oct 17) People & Policy

ONGC director Human Resources DD Misra could soon be forced to explain the award of a 2015 catering services contract to Mumbai-based Saikripa Foods Services.

On September 20 Delhi-based Parveen Sharma, who describes himself as an "aggrieved party" acting "in the interests of ONGC" filed a petition in the Delhi District Court at Patiala House, which handles cases under the auspices of the Delhi High Court. In the petition Sharma names Misra, ONGC's corporate social responsibility chief SSC Parthiban and Divya Capoor, chief manager HR and wife of Assam additional chief secretary Ravi Capoor who was at the oil ministry from 2005 to 2008, first as director then joint secretary.

"I will not rest until they are punished!" Sharma tells this report. Sharma alleges they "cheated" ONGC, "flouted the rules" of its Integrated Materials Management Manual and supported a "contractor for personal gain." Sharma says the case dates from September 5, 2014 when ONGC invited offers to provide catering services at its Delhi office, then located at the Jeevan Bharti building in Connaught Place.

Twelve companies bought documents. "But only four attended the pre-bid on September 25, 2014," adds Sharma.

"The bid deadline was October 10." Sharma alleges that acting on instructions from Misra and Parthiban, Capoor phoned each of the four contractors and informally told them the deadline would be extended 14 days. He says this violated materials management rules.

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