Ashok Singh declares war on S. Roy Choudhury of HPCL

Ashok Singh declares war on S. Roy Choudhury

Vol 15, PW 10 (17 Nov 2011) – Politics & People



Hindustan Petroleum chairman S. Roy Choudhury has promised to fight a series of damaging allegations soon to be laid bare in the Delhi High Court. Ashok Singh, a former HPCL officer and labour union official, plans to file a petition claiming the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) fraudulently cleared Choudhury’s appointment as company chairman in 2010. “The CVC didn’t stop Choudhury from taking charge in August 2010,” Singh tells PETROWATCH. “But my complaint against him is pending since November 11, 2009.” Two months ago Singh invoked the Right to Information Act to discover his complaint against Choudhury is gathering dust at the CVC. Provoked, he hired a team of top lawyers, and is trying to hire former solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam also. A draft petition, seen by this report, alleges impropriety when Choudhury was HPCL executive director and later director marketing. Singh alleges that in May 2009 Choudhury allowed a generous 75 day credit period to privately-owned GMR for diesel delivered to its 200-MW Vasavi Basin Bridge power station in Chennai. “On the one hand HPCL is borrowing from the market,” reads the draft petition. “On the other it has given credit to GMR.” Worse, Singh alleges GMR wrongly told power purchaser Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) it was allowed only five days credit by HPCL. “TNEB is a government enterprise and was deprived of 70 days additional credit,” he adds. Also under scrutiny is Choudhury’s appointment of ICICI Bank in 2003 without tender to operate a customer loyalty programme for diesel sales from HPCL pumps. And finally, when others were ignoring Kingfisher Airlines chairman Vijay Mallya, Choudhury inexplicably raised the cash-strapped stricken airline’s credit limit from Rs300cr ($60m) to Rs605cr ($121m). “These charges are an act of desperation from a man (Singh) who was dismissed from HPCL,” Choudhury tells this report. “If they come to court I will fight them.”

NOTE: Ashok Singh alleges that another watchdog body, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), asked HPCL in May 2009 to explain the “undue favour” to GMR Vasavi but that Choudhury’s appointment as company chairman went through nonetheless. Singh also asks how Choudhury could have approved a marketing partnership with ICICI Bank when diesel fuel sales are subsidised by the government. ICICI, he says, earned Rs165cr ($33m) as a result. “HPCL is a public sector undertaking but out of the revenues earned on sale of these (government-subsidised) products it has agreed to share the revenue with a private bank without any public interest,” he says. Singh, 53, is the son-in-law of former Congress Party MP Rana Veer Singh. As HPCL regional manager and president of the Oil Sector Officers’ Association, he was dismissed in March 2009 after the government broke a strike by oil sector officers two months earlier. A lawyer by training, Singh has taken up farming in the Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh since his dismissal from HPCL.

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9 Responses to Ashok Singh declares war on S. Roy Choudhury of HPCL

  1. Supreme Court said corrupt should be hanged at Lamp Post.
    S Roy Choudhury with his predecessor Arun Balakrishnan deserve it.
    At the earliest

  2. rakesh agrawal says:

    In my opnion person like ashok singh to be appriciated for exposing this type person who are spoiling public money. why govt is not deregulating this sector only beacuse it is good place to make money.

  3. says:

    Global LPG trends-II: China’s production growing faster than India’s and that too on a much higher base

    Nov 21: Over the last ten years India’s LPG production has gone up by 80.22% from 6,057 MMT in year 2000 to 10,916 MMT in year 2010 but clearly not enough to keep pace with consumption.
    8In comparison, China has done much better, production galloping by 101.22% from 10,088 MMT in year 2000 to 20,300 MMT in year 2010.
    8The growth of production in the the USA, where the market is perhaps already saturated, has been just 4.43%, rising from 48,300 MMT in year 2000 to 50,444 MMT in year 2010.
    India has a large gap to plug and what is worse, China’s pace of growth has been high and on a much larger base than India’s.
    8Over the year 2009-10, the growth rate in LPG production in China was 6.2% increasing from from 19,112 MMT to 20,300 MMT while it was 5.5% for India (10,345 MMT to 10,916 MMT) and 5.6% for USA (47,777 MMT to 50,444 MMT)
    8But in 2008-09, the growth rate in LPG production was higher in India, at 11.4%, with production going up from 9,287 MMT to 10,345 MMT, while it was, surprisingly, only 2.8% for China (18,598 MMT to 19,112 MMT) and 2.1% for USA (46,807 MMT to 47,777 MMT).
    India’s production will have to grow at double digits for a long time to come for it catch up with China, leave alone the US.

    Global LPG trends-III: India’s share in production only at 4.4%, China’s at 8.2%

    Nov 21: India has just a 4.4% share of global LPG production, well behind that of the US and China.
    8USA produces 20.3% of the global output with a production of 50,444 MMT of LPG in 2010 while China has a relatively smaller global share of 8.2% producing 20,300 MMT of LPG.
    8Around 29,454 MMT of LPG is made available in USA through gas processing route and 20,990 MMT of LPG is made available by refineries.
    8In China, all the LPG produced is made available by the refineries, while in India, 8,344 MMT is made available by refineries and 2,572 MMT is produced through the gas processing route.
    8The gap in production-consumption is made up by the imports. In India, 2,857 MMT of LPG was imported 2010 and none is exported, while in USA 5,949 MMT of LPG is imported and 3,363 MMT of LPG is exported. In China, 4,263 MMT of LPG is imported and 950 MMT of LPG is exported.
    8As far as global LPG consumption is concerned, we find that India is 5.3%, 13,248 MMT, of total LPG produced using the gas processing route. Here too USA and China are ahead of India sharing 22.5% and 10.1% of the global LPG consumption respectively through this route. This amounts to 55,923 MMT of LPG consumption for USA and 25,119 MMT of LPG consumption for China.
    8In domestic consumption of LPG — in contrast to other kinds of consumption — China is ahead of USA and India with a global share of 16.8%, consuming 19,680 MMT of LPG, while USA has a share of 12.5%, consuming 14,697 MMT of LPG in the domestic sector. India is not much behind the USA with a global share of 10.8%, consuming 12,631 MMT of LPG in the domestic sector.
    8For USA, the consumption of LPG is actually the highest in the chemical sector where 26,494 MMT of LPG is consumed, followed by the refinery sector at 8,092 MMT. Further in USA, we find that industry consumes 3,762 MMT of LPG, agriculture 2,299 MMT of LPG whereas the transport sector consumes 578 MMT of LPG.
    8In China and India, no LPG is consumed by the chemical, refinery and agriculture sector. In China, after the domestic sector, industry consumes 4,883 MMT of LPG while the transport sector consumes 556 MMT of LPG while in india, transport consumes 321 MMT of LOG while industry consumes only 296 MMT of LPG.

  4. says:

    Arbitration proceedings may be initiated against Reliance Industries
    Action likely to recover $1.85 billion disallowed expenditure

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