Gokul Patnaik is an independent and public interest director on the board of the Exchange
The Indian Commodity Exchange Board of Directors has elected Gokul Patnaik, IAS (Retd) as the non-executive chairman of the company.
Mr Patnaik is an independent and public interest director on the board of the Exchange and has served in senior positions both with the Government of Punjab and Government of India. Mr Patnaik has been the president of the All India Food Processors’ Association, a member of the National Council of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and a member of the task force on Agriculture of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
He is on the Board of Trustees of the Prince of Wales’ Bhumi Vardaan Foundation which promotes sustainable agriculture in Punjab. He is also a member of the Chief Minister’s Advisory Committee on Agriculture, Government of Madhya Pradesh.
“It is indeed a privilege to have a person of Mr Patnaik’s eminence as the chairman of the Indian Commodity Exchange,” said Mr Rajnikant Patel, MD & CEO, Indian Commodity Exchange. “Mr Patnaik brings with him a wealth of experience and insight into this role in the commodity exchange space, particularly agriculture. His role as an administrator, where he has been actively involved in policy formation and execution, will definitely help the Exchange in delivering value to the national commodity market infrastructure. His guidance and expertise will be an asset for the organisation and beneficial in more ways than one.”
The company and its three officials are facing a criminal case under the Official Secrets Act over the alleged recovery of some secret documents during search of the office premises of V Balasubramanian, the then group president of Reliance Industries, in 1998
New Delhi: Three top executives of the undivided Reliance Group—AN Sethuraman, Shankar Adawal and V Balasubramanian—will face criminal proceedings on charges of possessing confidential government documents after the Supreme Court today refused to give them any relief, reports PTI.
The apex court dismissed their petitions challenging the Delhi High Court order saying “these petitions do not contain any merits”.
The company and its three officials are facing a criminal case under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) over the alleged recovery of some secret documents during search of the office premises of V Balasubramanian, the then group president of Reliance Industries, in 1998.
They had challenged the 8 October 2010 order of the high court which had dismissed the technical objections raised by them that before sending the case to the sessions court for prosecution, the chief metropolitan magistrate should have recorded the testimony of witnesses named in the complaint.
However, an apex court bench comprising justices Dalveer Bhandari, VS Sirpurkar and Deepak Verma, upheld the high court order saying that the present grievance was devoid of merit.
A criminal case was filed in 1998 by the Delhi Police against the company and its three officials for the recovery of the photostat copies of four classified documents but later considering the sensitivity of the case, investigation was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which registered a complaint in 2002.
Of the three officials against whom the case was registered, two—Mr Adawal and Mr Balasubramanian—are now with Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries while Mr Sethuraman is with the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group.
Earlier when the matter was before the trial court and the high court, the company had contended that the CBI failed to register the complaint within the time-frame of three years and as such the trial should not have been proceeded with.
However, the high court refused to accept the contention that 142 days’ delay in registering the complaint could be a ground to quash the proceedings before the trial court.
MMRDA stops work for violation of rules on a whistle-blower’s complaint; state human rights commission serves notice for improper layout and sanitation
Information accessed by RTI activist Sulaiman Bhimani shows that Mumbai-based builder RNA Corporation has violated many rules in the construction of a slum rehabilitation project.
Following a complaint, the company has been served a stop-work notice by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). Also, the Maharashtra Human Rights Commission has asked the Collector to report on the proceedings, failing which the commission has said that it will have to intervene.
RNA Corporation, headed by Anil Agarwal, has had a good run in dealings with the MMRDA. But the relationship turned awkward after a slum rehabilitation project in Oshiwara, in suburban Goregaon, was taken up by its unit Skyline Construction.
MMRDA stopped the work on the project after it was revealed that the builder had constructed two basements without permission. Skyline had submitted a proposal for 26 extra floors and two basements, but this was not cleared by the authorities.
On the complaint of an activist, MMRDA officials visited the site and the notice was issued promptly.
It might surprise many that even the state human rights authority has got involved in the matter. What troubled the Commission was the poor state of the sewage management system for the project. Mr Bhimani said, "I went to Delhi and complained to the NHRC that the residents were living like sub-humans, with no space and even less hygiene. The NHRC ordered its department in the state to take due action."
Pictures of the work show the buildings too close to each other, internal units crammed and the state of sanitation deplorable. The alleys are clogged with piles of garbage and the water tank and sewage dump have been constructed side by side.
Civic regulations require the sewage and water compartments to be separated, with the water tank substantially above the ground. Also, the sewage chamber must be at least 1.5 metres away from the building, so that the waste matter does not affect the foundation. None of these rules have been observed. The builder claimed that PVC pipes were used for all drainage works, however, the plumber's certificate showed that cement pipes were used instead.
Mr Bhimani also managed to get a series of undated letters by Skyline Construction from the municipality records, one of which says that it will carry on with the work, as they cannot leave the project unfinished. Another says that the development work has been 'satisfactorily completed', and that it is supplemented with a handwritten occupation certificate, sans date or official stamp.
What is even more baffling is that Skyline managed to get the intimation of approval (IOA) and commencement certificate (CC) on the same day, that too twice-first in 2003 and then in 2009. The IOA certificate lists a series of conditions that must pre-exist commencement of work, and the CC is issued after much deliberation. However, such rules clearly didn't apply to Skyline.
"The transformation of Mumbai hasn't done much for the slums. It's only giving the horizontal shanties a vertical shape," says Mr Bhimani. "This is the story of only one slum, but there are 32 other such projects that are happening in the city." Even the chief minister is hinting that the civic authorities-builder nexus has taken a dangerous shape. Hopefully this incident serve as a wake-up call.