CNG Muddle: SC Summons IGL Brass

New Delhi, September 9: | Updated: Sep 10 2002, 05:30am hrs
The Supreme Court has issued notices to the present and former managing directors and senior officials of Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) for giving misleading statements in the court on the availability of compressed natural gas (CNG) for the transport sector.

A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice BN Kirpal, justices VN Khare and Ashok Bhan issued the notices on Monday, asking present managing director AK Dey and other senior officials, Vincent Lobo, PS Bhargava and Rajeev Sharma, to show cause as to why appropriate action cannot be taken against them for misleading the court in passing various orders in the past two years.

Pulling up the IGL officials the court said, the court was kept in the dark and there is no expression of regret or remorse in giving incorrect information.

The officials have to appear before the court on September 23.

The bench asked the government to inform the court as to what remedial steps can be taken to ensure full and proper dispensation of CNG to the transport sector without having any long queues at the filling stations.

The court also directed the government to indicate whether the CNG supply for the transport sector can be entrusted to IOC or some other company.

Earlier, solicitor general Harish Salve, the amicus curae in the case, went through several affidavits filed by IGL showing how the court has been misled by incorrect and ambiguous statements. Despite the Centres increasing the supply of CNG to 16.1 lakh kg per day to IGL, the queues at the filling stations have not diminished.

Senior advocate P Chida-mbaram appearing for IGL said the company was being managed by incompetent people.