Sibal hits back at PW coverage

Vol 13, PW 11 (05 Nov 09) News in Brief

Tea and samosas are a nice way to mark the end of a five-year term and that is exactly how outgoing DGH boss VK Sibal celebrated his last day at work on (Friday) October 30.

But not before denouncing this report’s coverage of a six-day â€کcourtesy call’ at the DGH office by investigators looking for evidence of graft. In a legal notice on October 27, Sibal denies any “raidâ€‌ took place by the CBI or Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

“No raid was conducted individually or collectively by the CBI or CVC,â€‌ says the notice. “Being a wing of the oil ministry, the DGH is subject to inspection and verification of facts in general by the CVC.

The CVC was invited by the DGH to its office to perform its official duties. Accordingly, the CVC visited the DGH office.

â€‌ Sibal adds, “There was no question of any black-out on the second floor for six days. The DGH office was always open.

â€‌ Sibal later sent letters to oil explorers advising them to cancel their subscriptions to our fortnightly publication.