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Delhi govt files FIR against Mukesh Ambani, Moily

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New Delhi, Feb 11:

The Delhi government filed an FIR against the chairman of Reliance Industries Limited Mukesh Ambani and Union minister Veerappa Moily, Murli Deora and others today for allegedly over pricing of gas produced from the D6 block in the east coast.

“Today we have instructed the anti-corruption branch to file a criminal case against Murli Deora, FIRs against Veerappa Moily, V.K. Sibal, the (then) director-general of hydrocarbons, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and others,” Kejriwal said in a press conference today.

RIL had initially agreed to supply gas to utility NTPC Ltd at about $2.3 per million British thermal units (mBtu) for about 17 years, Kejriwal said.

But price of gas from the D6 block was fixed at $4.2 per mBtu when Deora was oil minister.

Last year, after Moily took over as oil minister, the government agreed to link prices with global indexes, which could double the local gas prices from 1 April this year.
Kejriwal said he would ask the central government to suspend the latest order on gas pricing pending an inquiry.

The chief minister said that prices were escalated to allow windfall gains to Reliance, partly by creating an artificial shortage. ( with inputs from Reuters)