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RTI Activist files complaint with HPCL to terminate Goa Speaker petrol pump dealership

A complaint has been today filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) demanding the immediate termination of the petrol pump dealership now illegally being run by Rajendra Arlekar after his March 2013 election as MLA and Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly.

In his complaint to N. Divakar, the Chief Regional Manager of HPCL in Goa, Adv. Aires Rodrigues has pointed out to clause 7 of the HPCL guidelines which requires that a person selected for the dealership of the petrol pump shall be paying attention towards day to day working of the petrol pump by personally managing the affairs of the petrol pump.  

Adv. Rodrigues has further stated that the guidelines mandate that the dealer of the petrol pump shall not be eligible for taking up any other employment.  

Pointing out that the HPCL had under the Scheduled Caste quota granted Rajendra Arlekar dealership at Vasco of that petrol pump styled as “Shree Vetobaa”, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that continuance of the dealership today with Rajendra Arlekar would be in total violation of the terms set out by HPCL as it was incumbent upon Rajendra Arlekar to immediately surrender the dealership of the petrol pump on assuming the post of MLA and Speaker.

Adv. Rodrigues in his complaint has also sought that it be probed whether the petrol pump was being run by Rajendra Arlekar or whether he has sublet or leased it out which again would be illegal as the same was not permissible.

Adv. Rodrigues has in his complaint expressed surprise that Rajendra Arlekar had declared a mere Rs 2,76,671 as his total income for the financial year 2010-2011despite running that thriving petrol pump at Vasco. 

Demanding that the HPCL seek an explanation  from Rajendra Arlekar as to why he failed to inform them that he had attained the post of MLA and the Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that it was imperative that the HPCL now recover from Rajendra Arlekar all the profits earned by him in running the petrol pump illegally after his election as MLA and Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly.

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