A Procrastinator's Journal

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One more life lost to corruption

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This news makes me feel sad. Manjunath, an IIM graduate and an IOC official was killed recently. His fault? He stood up against corruption. He ordered closing down of a petrol pump (petrol/gas station) on charges of adultration. So he just performed his duties honestly. But the petrol pump owners seem to work in a mafia-like fashion, and a honest officer to inspect the pumps is certainly not liked by them:

IOC official seals petrol pump, is killed

Gaurav Sabnis, a fellow student at IIM-L, has written a tribute to Manjunath. Unfortunately, the mainstream media does not seem to be bothered with this.

This is so similar to the Satyendra Dube murder, when an honest officer on National Highway project (and an IIT graduate) who exposed the rampant corruption in the prestigious highway project was killed, exactly two years ago:

Satyendra Dube murder case

To add insult to the injury, the real culprits in the Dubey case are not brought to book, nor do we hear of any action been taken on the issues raised by Dubey.

The positive thing is that even after Dubey was killed, there was Manjunath, and there still are many more like them who continue to work honestly!

And I am sure they are, because without their presence things would not be half as good as they are.

And India bashers (mostly Indians themselves), please don’t insult these two noble souls (and others) by starting the usual rhetoric of corruption and India not respecting its talent and blah blah. Atleast respect their sacrifice!


Written by ppatil

November 22, 2005 at 4:28 pm

Posted in General Stuff

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  1. 1)Does anyone know the extent of the adulteration. As a person associated with Oil Industry for the past many years I can tell you the amounts involved in adulteration and siphoning off product to neighboring countries is ASTOUNDING. It is estiamted that a good selling retail outlet selling say 12000 ltrs diesel a day can hope to make almost a lakh of rupees ( i.e. PER DAY ONE LAKH RUPEES ) if he adulterates the tank with 12000 ltrs kerosne which is priced at Rs.9.50 and sold as diesel which is priced at Rs.32.50 i.e. a clean profit of Rs.23 per ltr. The figure of One lac is arrived at after taking into consideration bribes to be paid to a mindboggling number of people starting with Collector, Minister, Tahsildar, Weights & Meaures Dept, Oil company officers, Police Officials et all….
    So if an officer terminates a dealership the poor retail outlet dealer stands to lose Rs.30 lacs per month at the minimum and that is more than Three crores per annum.
    Is anyone still in doubt why Manjunath was murdered.
    2) Let the Enforcement Directorate or CBI conduct raids on Oil company officers. A proper raid without tipping the officials in advance. The amount of black money genrated would shame any policitican or gangster.
    3) Manjunath was not the first guy who was murdered..He surely wont be the last. But in between if things can be strirred to atleast an extent of 10% in terms of unearthing of black money involved in such rackets….well then we would have achieved something.


    November 24, 2005 at 8:28 am

  2. You are right, Ram. The economics of oil are mind-boggling. From time to time, such adultration rackets are unearthed. I read in newspapers that there’s a parallel supply chain of naptha, imported and distributed by such mafia, which is used for adultration. Naptha in fuel has its own ill-effect on engines, and more importantly, the environment, so we end up paying for that too!
    What’s sad is the impunity with which these things happen, under the brand name of public sector companies!

    Atleast the media is waking up- It’s on the front page of Indian Express today.


    November 24, 2005 at 10:05 am

  3. Dear Patil,

    Yes saw it on Indian Express today and after many years in my life I quietly went to the bedroom and cried…Perhaps it wasnt a manly thing to do but I simply couldnt control.

    The most quixotic thing about this whole business is that this adulteration is so simple to detect…in other words itsbeing done with complete knowledge of all concerend.

    Did you notice the aboslute silence of the IOC officials….absolutely no word…what does it prove ? They have lot of skeletons to hide…

    Lets hope something truly revolutionary comes out of this whole episode.



    November 25, 2005 at 4:22 am

  4. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-1336103,curpg-1.cms

    Another whitleblower death. This time in Nagpur. The “journos” paint the story that the guy was forced to sign papers that were illegal and the remorse was enough for him to take his own life. Whats sad is that he leaves behind a young wife, a 7 year old girl and a 3 month old. And this when the guy who forced him was under investigation himself.

    Assuming he did take his life, it really is a shame when events unfold in this fashion.


    December 18, 2005 at 7:05 pm

  5. how does corruption affect our lifes? i wan fight it.t


    February 22, 2007 at 1:52 pm

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