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FACT CMD’s order is illegal, says vigilance FACT CMD’s order is illegal, says vigilance

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KOCHI: Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore Limited (FACT) chairman and managing director had issued a diktat to his officials not to furnish any information related to the company's vigilance department without prior approval as it was not in the company's best interests.

"The vigilance department officials are meeting staff members for collecting details, copies of documents and files. Such practice is not in the best interests of the organization. Hence, it is directed that furnishing documents to the officials of vigilance department shall be only based on the requests duly concurred by the director concerned," said FACT CMD Jaiveer Srivastava in an order issued on July 31, 2014, soon after the company's vigilance department conducted an inquiry into alleged fund misappropriation and submitted a report to the Central Vigilance commissioner as well as secretary to the Union fertilizer ministry.

A few months later in December, CBI raided Srivastava's office while conducting investigations into alleged misappropriation. It was alleged that CMD had spent Rs 1.5 crore for renovating his official residence and another Rs 50 lakh for renovating the office.

FACT's chief vigilance officer Vinayan said the CMD's order was "illegal". Stating that these were delaying tactics adopted by the CMD, a vigilance department official said that they would soon provide details to CBI.

CBI officials said there are nine major charges against Srivastava. Srivastava, however, denied the charges. "There is no restriction on giving information to the vigilance officials. We only stated that the department heads or directors concerned should know if any information or file is given to the vigilance department. Moreover, we have given instructions to the officials to furnish details without any delay. The vigilance officials will get information on phone too," he said.

But FACT officials said the vigilance team was struggling to get information. "Information sought by the vigilance department should be supplied immediately. Following the CMD's order, there is still a delay of around 10 to 15 days to access any files or documents. This time can be used for tampering the files," an official with FACT said.

"The chief vigilance officer (CVO) of FACT Vinayan has written to the CMD, secretary Union Fertilizers ministry and central vigilance commissioner (CVC) stating that the order is illegal ,'' the official said.

The company management is trying to discourage even RTI applications. In November, 2014, A V Vijayakumar, deputy general manager, human resources and administration, issued an order asking employees to stop extending support to RTI activist

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