PMO shines spotlight on IGL Snr. VP Ajai Tyagi

Vol 24, PW 20 (26 Aug 21) People & Policy

Indraprastha Gas (IGL) senior vice-president Ajai Tyagi is in the PMO's crosshairs.

On June 26 (2021), the prime minister's office directed oil secretary Tarun Kapur to investigate a complaint against Tyagi from Dharamvir Singh, who gives his address in the upmarket Copernicus Marg area of central Delhi. "A letter/gist of oral representation dated June 21 (2021), received in this (PMO) office from (Shri) Dharamvir Singh is forwarded herewith for action as appropriate," says the one-page directive from PMO section officer Anant Kumar to Kapoor.

"Reply may be sent to the petitioner (Singh) and a copy uploaded on the portal." Accompanying the PMO directive is a list of detailed allegations from Dharamvir Singh.

The first relates to a 3000-sq metre plot of land that IGL bought in Karnal city in Haryana in July (2019) to set up a city gate station. Singh claims the owner purchased the land at Rs1.65cr ($222,000) in January (2019) but that six months later IGL bought it for Rs5.8cr ($779,000) when the market price was at most Rs2cr ($270,000).

Singh's letter also highlights 2000-sq metres bought by IGL in the Delhi suburb of Gurugram for a city gate station at Rs6.7cr ($900,000) when the market rate was around Rs2.5cr ($337,000). This report learns the high court has since put a "stay" on the Gurugram land because of a conflict between the two landowner brothers.

Singh also alleges Tyagi took 70 lakhs ($94,300) in commission for work he did liaising to change land use and secure permission to lay pipelines. Another claim is that Tyagi charged 25 contractors Rs10 lakh ($13,500) each to award them jobs without a tender.

He also alleges that Tyagi took 10% commission to clear bills and another Rs3cr ($404,300). Singh also accuses Tyagi of manipulating bid qualification criteria to make Rs6cr ($808,600).

And finally, Singh accuses Tyagi of compromising the execution of projects to make Rs1.4cr ($188,700).