The Supreme Court said auto fuel adulteration was rampant in India and asked the Center whether it could install adulteration sensitive fuel dispensers at petrol pumps to check this corrupt practice. Can the ministry of petroleum and natural gas devise a fuel dispensing machine that is equipped with sensors to automatically stop dispensing petrol or diesel the moment it detects adulterated fuel, a bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur asked on Friday.
It told solicitor general (SG) Ranjit Kumar to respond in six weeks. The Center agreed with the SC that fuel adulteration, mainly mixing kerosene with petrol and diesel, was rampant in the country. The SG said 3,801 cases of under measurement and adulteration were detected in fuel retail outlets across the country in the last three years and oil companies had terminated the licences of 159 vends.
Source : Economic Times