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Have we forgotten Manjunath?:: Bhamy V Shenoy

Posted by ekavi on October 15, 2006

Have we forgotten Manjunath?

It was less than a year back on November 19th, Manjunath Shanmugam,
an IIM graduate gave his life to the country while trying to expose
the corruption in petroleum marketing. For a month or so, his heroic
efforts to expose corruption caught the attention of the nation.
During the same time the nation remembered the sacrifice of
Satyendranath Dubey, an IIT graduate. Dubey was murdered two years
earlier for a similar noble cause of exposing corruption in highway
construction. The nation applauded their heroic deeds though there
were some cynics who wondered about their naïve attempts to fight
corruption.

Fighting corruption in petroleum sector was put on the national agenda
only for few days. It was ironical that within few days of the murder
of Manjunath the corruption charges against Satish Sharma the new
avatar of petroleum corruption were dropped. It was not because there
was not enough proof. It was just that the ministry did not want to
press charges! Is this the way to honor the memory of an idealist like
Manjunath?

The political class which is the beneficiaries of the highly
subsidized kerosene does not like to change the system. However the
murder of Manjunath changed that. At least that is what some of use
diehard optimists thought. First our Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh
assured the nation that he would ask the petroleum ministry to
streamline the pricing system to reduce incentives to defraud. It was
followed by a solemn assurance by the then Petroleum Minister Mani
Shankar Iyer. Every one believed that as a result of supreme sacrifice
of Manjunath, pricing anomaly of selling kerosene at highly subsidized
prices will be removed finally.

Time has proven us wrong. It has only worsened. The difference between
kerosene price and competitive products of petrol and diesel has only
widened over the year and so also the adulteration. Last July, there
was a national level seminar on curbing oil adulteration. Petroleum
Minister Murali Deora took part in that seminar. I made a detailed
presentation during the seminar quantifying the level of corruption in
petroleum sector.

I estimated it to be more than Rs. 40000 crores per year. My
presentation was dedicated to the memory of Manjunath, a gesture which
was well received. But the same participants failed to connect the
corruption that I was discussing with the reason for Manjunath’s
murder. I was pleading with the minister that there are better
foolproof ways of helping the poor with supplying kerosene. But the
minister was adamant that he would not touch kerosene price. I
challenged him by stating that any thing else he does will not solve
the root cause of corruption for which Manjunath had sacrificed his
life. Not one news paper carried this news item. Are we waiting for
some more sacrifices from upright officers like Manjunath?

Every one knows the real beneficiaries of kerosene subsidies. It is
the political class. Umpteen reports have proven the fact that poor
are not the beneficiaries. But no political party dare question the
petroleum pricing system since it is their members and financiers who
are minting money to the extent of Rs. 40000 crores per year. It is
that rotten system Manjunath had the idealism and courage to challenge.

If we want to show our appreciation for the noble deed of Manjunath,
as his death anniversary nears we as a nation need to do far more than
what we have done so far. His sacrifice will not amount to much unless
we uphold the principles for which he gave his life.

His last alma mater IIM Lucknow, his employer Indian Oil Company, and
SJCE at Mysore where he spent his formative years getting his
engineering degree have tried in their own ways to pay respects to his
memory. The trust started in his name has been able to collect less
than 50% of its target of Rs. 50 lakhs.

It is not clear why the trust has to pay the bills of lawyers fighting
the case on behalf of Manjnath’s family. His employer IOC should take
up the legal and moral responsibility of punishing the guilty. The
case is moving at snail’s speed despite it being an open and shut
case. IOC has instituted an award in the name of Manjunath for
honoring the best quality team. What an irony! It should have fought
in the first place to remove the pricing anomaly. There is no one to
champion such a dramatic reform.

A web based petition drive demanding for a full inquiry and justice in
the murder of Manjuanth has just got a total signature of 14200 till
the first week of Oct, 2006. Many who signed have suggested that to
honor Manjunath in real sense of the word, we need to get rid of the
current rotten pricing system. Otherwise his sacrifice would have been
in vain.

As the death anniversary nears, the government should seriously
consider implementing recommendations made by the planning commission
to streamline the pricing and remove all incentives to adulterate
petroleum products. They should also get rid of multi tier pricing of
LPG (LPG is sold at three different prices in residential, commercial
and automotive markets). LPG marketing is another activity where
corruption is rampant. The only lasting way we can honor Manjunath is
to start the process of unwinding kerosene subsidies and reduce
corruption.

Bhamy V Shenoy <bhamysuman@hotmail.com>

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Trust plans award in Manjunath’s name

Posted by ekavi on July 7, 2006

Trust plans award in Manjunath’s name

Deepak Goel

New Delhi , June 4

http://www.blonnet.com/2006/06/05/stories/2006060500920200.htm

He died to uphold certain virtues that made him a national hero. Mr Manjunath Shanmugam, an alumnus of IIM-Lucknow and an employee of Indian Oil Corporation, who lost his life trying to stop fuel adulteration, will not be buried in the annals of history.

The Manjunath Shanmugam Trust has recently completed a nationwide representation in the alumni meetings of the various B-schools to generate funds to work towards not only seeking justice in the Manjunath murder case, but also to set up an annual award in his memory.

“We made representation in the various alumni meetings of the IIMs and XLRI in the last three weekends to mobilise funds to seek legal justice and set up an award for people who live by similar qualities that Manjunath did,” said Ms Anjali Mullatti, a trustee.

The representation also included the alumni meetings of IIM-Bangalore in Hong-Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, the UK and the US.

“A lot of the alumni of IIMs are also alumni of the IITs and the support for the trust has cut across educational institutions,” said Ms Mullatti.

As part of the effort to seek justice in the murder case, the trust has engaged a team of lawyers in Delhi, Lucknow and Lakhimpur Khiri where the trials are to be held.

Besides seeking justice in the murder case and setting up an award, the objectives of the trust include providing help to those who may be fighting a legal battle in the interest of upholding the values of truth and honesty and also on the macro level to encourage global standards of governance in the country.

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Demand for Full Inquiry and Justice in Murder of Manjunath Shanmugam for his Fight Against Corruption.

Posted by ekavi on July 7, 2006

Demand for Full Inquiry and Justice in Murder of Manjunath Shanmugam for his Fight Against Corruption.
http://www.petitiononline.com/manju005/

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Manjunath trial: Two witnesses turn hostile

Posted by ekavi on July 7, 2006

Manjunath trial: Two witnesses turn hostile
 
Express News Service

http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=191653
 
Lakhimpur Kheri, July 6: Two prosecution witnesses in the S Manjunath murder trial turned hostile today, retracting the statements that they had earlier made before the police.

One of them, Rajendra Singh, denied that he had heard gun shots on the night of November 19 last year, when Manjunath was shot dead. Rajendra’s house is next to the petrol pump were Manjunath was allegedly killed. He was cross-examined by the District Government Counsel, Chandra Mohan Singh.

The other witness who turned hostile today was Balwinder. However, prosecution lawyers claimed that they had successfully extracted the evidence from both the witnesses.The third prosecution witness who was produced today was R P Pandey, an employee of a hotel in Gola Gokarn, Alankar Hotel. He told the court that Manjunath had stayed in the hotel on the night of November 18. He said the victim had checked out of the hotel the next day, at about 10:30 am. He handed over hotel records to support his statement.

‘‘Pandey’s statement is an important evidence to prove Manjunath’s presence at Gola Gokarn on the day of his murder,’’ said I B Singh, one of the lawyers on the prosecution team.

S Manjunath, a sales executive with Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), was shot dead in Lakhimpur Kheri on November 19 last year. He had reportedly threatened to seal a petrol pump, Mittal Automobiles, at Gola Gokarn in Lakhimpur Kheri, for selling adulterated fuel.

The main accused is Monu Mittal, the son of the petrol pump owner. Police had earlier recovered empty cartridges from the petrol pump area. The others accused in the case are Harish, Rakesh Kumar, Vivek Sharma, Lalla Giri, Rajesh Verma, Devesh Agnihotri and Sanjay Awasthi.

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Manjunath Death on Duty:: Full Coverage Express

Posted by ekavi on July 7, 2006

http://indianexpress.com/res/web/pIe/full_coverage.php?coverage_id=93

2006-02-22
Chargesheet against 8 in Manjunath murder case
  We feel the case would reach its logical end, say cops
 

2006-02-16
Manjunath murder: Forensic tests confirm police stand
  It’s official now: S Manjunath, the Indian Oil Corporation Lakhimpur Kheri sales manager who died on the job last year, was murdered.
 

 

2006-01-16
At Mumbai marathon, he runs for friend Manjunath
  IIM batchmate and football team mate Dharmendra comes all the way from Bangalore
 

 

2005-12-17
Manjunath murder: ‘pricing is key’
  Oil Either 2 kerosene rates or give cash/coupons to BPL customers: Aiyar
 

2005-12-16
Five days before Manjunath’s murder, Govt issued an SOS
  Just five days before IIM graduate S Manjunath was shot dead for blowing the whistle on kerosene adulteration in a petrol pump, the Petroleum Ministry had ordered oil companies, including Manjunath’s Indian Oil Corporation, to test a series of stringent measures meant to curb adulteration.
 

2005-12-12
Role of Cong leader’s son alleged in petrol racket
  A young IAS officer caught two oil tankers allegedly involved in oil adulteration in Haridwar. A son of a Congress party leader holding ministerial status is alleged to be involved in the racket.
 

 

2005-12-10
States, Centre begin talks on how to check doctored diesel
  Manjunath All states agree on more security, many oppose 2 kerosene rates, say make income criterion
 

 

2005-12-09
Manjunath’s death reaches the Prime Minister’s desk
  Murder Singh calls special meeting to discuss pricing, security; NSA will attend, Chief Secys will meet today
 

 

2005-12-02
IOC, PNB to pay off Manjunath’s MBA debt
  Consolation, if any, for murdered IOC officer S Manjunath’s family came yesterday when Indian Oil Corporation chairman S Behuria handed over a cheque of Rs 26 lakh to his father M Shanmugham.
 

 

2005-12-01
We can only direct states, says Patil
  Rajya Sabha debate: Members demand security for PSU officials on duty
One life, two prices
  Distorted pricing is the lifeblood of economic crime. Even a tragic death can’t drive this home
 

 

2005-11-30
To loosen cartel hold, Manjunath okayed seven new pumps in Lakhimpur Kheri
  The young sales manager might have thought he was killing two birds with one stone. When S Manjunath, the murdered IOC executive, recommended increasing the number of petrol pumps in Lakhimpur Kheri district, he would not only have addressed the sliding diesel sales figures but also loosened the grip of the cartel that controlled oil business in the region.
PMO steps in, Govt for 2 kerosene rates
  Proposal: Rs 10/l for BPL, Rs 20/l for rest to reduce price gap with diesel, lower ‘adulteration’ incentive
 

 

2005-11-29
Manjunath has one debt after death: his IIM MBA loan
  While the oil mafia tried to entice him with bribes to turn a blind eye to fuel adulteration, murdered IOC sales manager S Manjunath refused to waver in the line of duty, despite his own financial constraints.
 

 

2005-11-28
Local youth helped Manjunath seal third violating pump in Lakhimpur Kheri
  L D Service Station owner also sole kerosene supplier for 132 villages
IOC shuts down Mittal pumps in Lakhimpur
  The Indian Oil Corporation has terminated the retail dealerships of the two pumps owned by the Mittals in Lakhimpur Kheri. The fuel tank machines at both pumps are in the process of being dismantled.
Monu’s phone records evidence enough: Police
  The Lakhimpur Kheri police will move court to seek remand of Monu Mittal, main accused in the murder of Indian Oil Corporation official S Manjunath — a graduate from IIM-Lucknow.
 

 

2005-11-27
‘My poor sales officers are helpless…it’s very dangerous to raid’
  Three months before IIM graduate Manjunath was hired by IOC as sales officer, his chairman had told a Parliamentary committee:
State wakes up, orders raids on petrol pumps
  District officials to crack down on all petrol pumps; police search Manjunath’s house in Kheri, take his computer, official files

 

2005-11-26
Murder most foul was also murder most planned
  Manjunath They called him back to collect measuring instrument, masked sound of gunshots with generator
‘The last such sacrifice’
  Letters continue to come in to The Indian Express, condemning Manjunath’s murder, commiserating with his bereaved family, and calling for justice
 

 

2005-11-25
Manjunath had evidence to close pump down, owner’s son called him to his murder
  IOC Dealer whose son prime suspect in murder had been fined Rs 75,000, first time in 29 years
Pall of gloom at IIM-L
  Had it not been for prior committments made to corporate houses, the Indian Institute of Management-Lucknow would have cancelled its annual festival, INDEX ’05, to mourn the death of its alumnus, S Manjunath.
Manjunath killing: angry IOC demands action against mafia
  Anger and frustration were the two overriding emotions at the meeting of 100-odd Indian Oil Corporation officials held today, in the wake of the murder of S Manjunath — their area sales manager in Lakhimpur Kheri district.
‘Where do we see such courage’
  We have received an outpouring of letters from readers in India and overseas, many of them former classmates of the slain Manjunath
This system of ours
  Wanted: bright, young, honest Indians willing to die in vain
 

 

2005-11-24
‘My son told me about the mafia, he was killed for doing his duty for IOC’
  Adulterated Fuel Father of IIM graduate killed for shutting down petrol pump says he knew of danger; batchmates say can’t let him vanish into the night
 

 

2005-11-22
Samples fail test, pump owners kill fuel inspector
  An Indian Oil Corporation sales manager was shot dead last Saturday by the owners of an Uttar Pradesh petrol pump whose operations were suspended for a month in September after its fuel samples failed quality tests.

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The Manjunath Shanmugam Trust is a non-profit set up to uphold the values that Manjunath stood for.

Posted by ekavi on July 7, 2006

The Manjunath Shanmugam Trust is a non-profit set up to uphold the values that Manjunath stood for.

http://syg.com/web/manjunath/index.php

The Trust has been set up to focus like-minded people and resources to promote truth, honesty and justice in Indian public life.

Donors who have not received acknowledgement please Email us with donation details immediately.

A Man called Macha!

Posted in Home by sygcom on the March 1st, 2006

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Manjunath Shanmugam is a name and face that not many from the batches of MBAs that passed through IIM Lucknow during 2002-2004 were going to forget. Then he went and made sure that not just these MBAs but the entire country would remember him forever.

We will remember Manju for the kind of person he was – best illustrated through the words of a batchmate: “He always managed to bring out a cheery “Hi Macha!” no matter how many times we passed each other in a day. It was probably because he was so genuine in his joy of meeting you each time.”

Manjunath was an upright and honest man – an idealist to a fault, and passionate about values, and about making a difference to Society. It was this passion, this standing up for what he believed was right, that would one day cost him his life.

November 19, 2005 – the fateful night…

On November 19, 2005, Manju was shot and killed in Lakhimpur Khiri in Uttar Pradesh, by a dealer of Indian Oil Corporation – the company he worked for. His only “fault” was that he did his duty: he would not accept bribes for turning a blind eye to the adulteration of fuel being carried out by the dealer….his body, riddled with at least five bullets was found in the backseat of his car when a police patrol intercepted two of the accused, who were on their way to dispose the body.

The heinous crime brought out an intense reaction from the people of India. Everyone, including the Media, Indian Oil Corporation, the Minister of Petroleum – Mani Shankar Iyer, the President of India – Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, expressed their shock and anger, and condemned the killing.

Please visit November 19, 2005 – The fateful night for a factual summary of events on the night Manju was killed.

The murder not only highlighted the corrupt and mafia ridden distribution of petroleum products in the country, it punctured the false cocoon of security of Manju’s friends, batchmates and other conscientious citizens of the country who – perhaps blanketed by the comfort of their urban lifestyles, had become impervious to the decay and malaise prevailing elsewhere in India.

The Manjunath Shanmugam Trust

This trust is the result of a strong desire now to make a difference… to not allow the life and the death of Manjunath go in vain. The most immediate objective of the Trust is to ensure that justice is done in Manju’s murder case. The murderers must not go free.

The Trust also aims to focus like-minded people and resources to promote truth, honesty and justice in Indian corporate, government and public matters. For broader objectives of the Trust, please visit Trust Objectives.

This is a call for everyone who wants to make a difference in this case to join hands and contribute to the cause of ensuring Manju’s death is not in vain.

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Trust plans award in Manjunath’s name

Posted by ekavi on July 7, 2006

Trust plans award in Manjunath’s name

Deepak Goel

New Delhi , June 4

http://www.blonnet.com/2006/06/05/stories/2006060500920200.htm

He died to uphold certain virtues that made him a national hero. Mr Manjunath Shanmugam, an alumnus of IIM-Lucknow and an employee of Indian Oil Corporation, who lost his life trying to stop fuel adulteration, will not be buried in the annals of history.

The Manjunath Shanmugam Trust has recently completed a nationwide representation in the alumni meetings of the various B-schools to generate funds to work towards not only seeking justice in the Manjunath murder case, but also to set up an annual award in his memory.

“We made representation in the various alumni meetings of the IIMs and XLRI in the last three weekends to mobilise funds to seek legal justice and set up an award for people who live by similar qualities that Manjunath did,” said Ms Anjali Mullatti, a trustee.

The representation also included the alumni meetings of IIM-Bangalore in Hong-Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, the UK and the US.

“A lot of the alumni of IIMs are also alumni of the IITs and the support for the trust has cut across educational institutions,” said Ms Mullatti.

As part of the effort to seek justice in the murder case, the trust has engaged a team of lawyers in Delhi, Lucknow and Lakhimpur Khiri where the trials are to be held.

Besides seeking justice in the murder case and setting up an award, the objectives of the trust include providing help to those who may be fighting a legal battle in the interest of upholding the values of truth and honesty and also on the macro level to encourage global standards of governance in the country.

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Demand for Full Inquiry and Justice in Murder of Manjunath Shanmugam for his Fight Against Corruption

Posted by ekavi on July 7, 2006

Demand for Full Inquiry and Justice in Murder of Manjunath Shanmugam for his Fight Against Corruption.
http://www.petitiononline.com/manju005/

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