Then secretary Petroleum ordered the oil companies in Aug. 2006 to implement the Marker system expeditiously and oil companies swiftly placed purchase orders in Aug. 2006. The inauguration and Public demonstration of Marker system was carried out by Minister of Petroleum Sh. Murli Deora, Secy. Petroleum M.S. Srivnivasan , Dealers Association President shri, Ashok Badhwar, local MP Sh.. Sajjan kumar on 4.10.2006 at Indian oil’s Bijwasan Terminal in New Delhi Initial order by oil companies was placed for 1 year till Sept 2007for approx. Rs. 100 crore .
Oil sector Officer’s Association convener Ashok Singh and coordinator Ravi Srivastava were approached by Marketing officers of oil companies and complained that Petrol pump owners were subjected to Extortion by the Private company SGS in the name of inspection /checking of Marker .OSOA mandated one leading Advocate of Mumbai to obtain all procurement details of Marker system in Nov. 2007 through RTI, meanwhile the supply contract of Marker was extended for 6 months i.e up to March 2008, after initial denial even by MOP&NG , The advocate received all the information in May 2008 from Indian Oil Corporation .
Ashok Singh & Ravi Srivastava made a formal complaint to Joint Director CBI, Mumbai in May 2008, in a quick retaliation Ashok Singh was promptly suspended within 4 days of filing the complaint by implicating him into a false charges pertaining to his territory , they both approached CVC(central vigilance commissioner) personally in June, July& Aug. 2008 , for whistle blowers protection, which was declined and all their correspondence was shared with HPCL Management who swiftly removed Srivastava’s all assistance, evicted from his office and made to sit under stair case, his perquisites were stopped and even deducted salary. MOP&NG ordered oil companies to extend the contract of SGS till Dec. 2008 and total Marker worth Rs. 225 crore was purchased all on single offer.
PIL no. 60 on the basis of CBI complaint was filed in Mumbai High Court in June 2008 by a social activist Sh. Simpreet singh of NAPM, same was heard in Oct. 2008 , Hon’ble Mumbai High court ordered CBI to investigate whole Marker scam and directed MOP&NG separately to conduct enquiry by Ministry’s Vigilance Department .An Indian express report in Oct 2008 confirmed that the Marker was removable/launder able by ordinary clay. HPCL was looking for some excuse to remove Srivastava who was suspended in Jan 2009 , again by falsely implicating him into OSOA’s strike from 7-9th Jan. 2009, HPCL had incidentally not participated in that strike , and he himself was on duty during the strike days. In the meantime MOP&NG abruptly advised all oil companies to stop marker doping w.e.f Jan 2009 without assigning any reason, despite repeated claims by Ministers the said marker could not be launched till date i.e even after 5 years. The stock lying with oil companies went down the drain
Times of India report in June 2009 , confirmed that HPCL ‘s own R&D advisor had advised as early as in Jan. 2005 that the Marker is carcinogenic in nature (could cause cancer in human being).Finally CBI filed a PE in Marker case in April 2009 against then Secretary Petroleum , SGS, Authentix and unknown oil company officials .According to CNN-IBN News on 21st sept 2009 , CVC has also ordered CBI to conduct enquiry against Senior Petroleum ministry officials , News also confirmed that Authentix was already a black listed company abroad with the name “Biocode” Marker was purchased at the price of Rs. 13000 per ltr. and there was no basis for procuring marker at such an exorbitant price
Ashok Singh & Ravi Srivastava were removed from services of HPCL in March 2009 by implicating them into a false case of instigating officers for an illegal strike , which had never happened.. Srivastava was evicted from company accommodation in Aug 2009 after facing insult and humiliation by HPCL management for 15 months . This is all done by HPCL who claim themselves to be Model Employers being a Government of India undertaking, and pioneers in the field of HR for their HR practices like Emotional Intelligence/Performance Management, competence mapping etc. etc.
Public admission by CVC in the news item of Indian Express of 30th Dec. 2009 ,mentioned that corruption has reached at the highest level in the Government and specially mentioned the Names of Ministry of Petroleum , Power, Telecom and others and how long people of this country will continue to pay artificially high price of fuel and subscribe to the govt. propaganda that OMC’s are losing so many crores every day and add to the prosperity of corrupt officials and adulterators?
Ashok Singh & Ravi Srivastava filed their cases against HPCL for revoking their illegal Termination in April 2010, which was eventually admitted by Hon’ble Bombay High court in September 2010 , despite a Notice of Motion it has not seen the light of the day, till date .
In Aug 2010, CBI submitted their report No.C-13014/20/08vig(Pt-1) dated 19.8.2010 vindicating the CBI complaint and advised OMC’s Chairmen as under “CBI in their preliminary enquiry report on the aforesaid subject has observed certain lapses in the entire processing and implementation of marker system “
It is also very pertinent to note that then General Manger of HPCL Shri Y.K Gawali & Manager BPCL Suman sehgal had filed a sworn affidavit in PIL NO. 60 in Bombay High court on 6.8.2008 stating that
' I say that both these officers have filed a completely baseless and misconceived complaint against Secretary , Ministry of Petroleum &Natural Gas and others before the Joint director of Central Bureau of Investigation’. Deora was summarily shunted in January 2011 from Petroleum to Ministry of corporate affairs and sent home in July 2011.
The case has now come to closure after 5 years, CVC vide their OM 008/POL/032-222372 Dated 8.8.2013 imposed major penalty proceedings against S/sh. A.A.Gupta GM of IOC and K.Rajeshwar Rao Joint Director HPCL and other officers , In turn MOP&NG vide their letter C-13014/20/2008-VIG.(Pt-II) Dated 6.9.2013has directed Concerned CVOs of OMCs to take necessary action.
Two Honest, upright brave officers lost their job, prestige, self esteem and livelihood for exposing corruption of Minister, Ministry Babus and Adulteration mafia. This case also sets an example that how honest officers are screwed so that corrupts continue to prosper and no one dares to raise his head.