Oil mafia: Govt sitting on ex-IAS officer's report

Mumbai: As Maharashtra Government cracks down on the oil mafia in the wake of horrible murder of Additional District Collector Yashwant Sonawane, a 15 year old report on curbing oil corruption menace prepared by a former IAS officer is gathering dust at the state secretariat. 

"I submitted the statement to the Government in 1995-96. 

Nothing has been completed so far," Leena Mehendale, the then Nashik Divisional Commissioner, told PTI. Sonawane was scorched alive by the oil mafia in Malegaon, Nashik district, on Tuesday for having fractured down on them. 

"This report came to Mantralaya (secretariat). All that we learnt was that no battle was going to be taken said Mehendale, who retired last year as Additional Chief Secretary. 

The report has noted that oil adulteration and pilferage were unchecked in the region where Sonawane was killed. It has also recommended review of licenses of vendors. 

She said, “I suggested that petrol and kerosene licenses should not be given to the same person," adding that the administration has turned a blind eye towards this suggestion, leading to rampant adulteration. 

Mehendale had discussed the issue with the then Law Secretary of Maharashtra, looking for an amendment to the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). 

She recommended that rationing inspectors should get the right to file cases in court.
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