The Delhi High Court on Friday summoned the Center and the oil marketing companies for their response to a PIL alleging non-implementation of legal measurement rules. Actually, these rules provide for testing of machines installed at petrol pumps as they can be easily tampered with. A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar moved the Ministries of Consumer Affairs and Petroleum, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and the unit (machine) manufacturers have issued notices seeking their reply on the petition.
The petition has been filed by a group of petroleum dealers. A body called the Empowering Petroleum Dealers Foundation has filed a petition accusing the government of not following these rules in verifying units (machines) in place of manufacturing. The organization alleges that the machines installed at the petrol pump are not checked at their production site, but at the time of installation at the petrol pump.
The organization also says that instead of enforcing the rules, the ministries allowed companies to change the machines installed at petrol pumps. According to the organization, it found in a sting operation this year that these machines installed at petrol pumps could be tampered with. It has sought a direction to the government so that laws and regulations are strictly followed.