Mukesh Ambani, Veerappa Moily and Milind Deora named in Reliance gas issue FIR

The FIR was registered a day after Kejriwal said the ACB has been told to probe alleged collusion in gas pricing issue.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: February 12, 2014 8:24 pm
Kejriwal had on Tuesday ordered the state government’s Anti-Corruption Branch to register FIRs against Veerappa Moily and Mukesh Ambani. Kejriwal had on Tuesday ordered the state government’s Anti-Corruption Branch to register FIRs against Veerappa Moily and Mukesh Ambani.

Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily, RIL Chief Mukesh Ambani, former Union Minister Murli Deora and retired Director General of Hydrocarbons V K Sibal were on Wednesday named in an FIR by Anti-Corruption Branch of Delhi government in the Reliance gas issue.

The FIR by the ACB was registered a day after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the agency has been told to probe their alleged collusion over hike in prices of natural gas from KG basin.

Names of Moily, Ambani, Deora and Sibal figured in the FIR, sources said.

Kejriwal on Wednesday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, requesting him to keep in abeyance decision to hike gas price from April 1 till the probe in the case is completed.

The Delhi Chief Minister yesterday said ACB was directed to probe the case based on a “common complaint” filed by former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subrmanian, former Navy Chief Admiral R H Tahiliani, eminent lawyer Kamini Jaiswal and former Union Secretary EAS Sarma.

Quoting from the complaint, the Chief Minister had said the impact of the hike in gas price would cost the country a minimum of Rs 54,500 crore every year and allow RIL to make a future windfall profit of Rs 1.2 lakh crore.

On Tuesday, RIL had termed the ordering of FIR against it as shocking and described the complaints that were used to base the action as baseless and devoid of merit or substance. In his letter to Singh, Kejriwal said he has ordered the probe after receiving the complaint that few Union ministers have taken a decision to double the gas price from 4.2 dollar to 8 dollar per un it to benefit Reliance Industries Ltd whereas the cost of gas production is less than USD 1.

The Chief Minister said hike in gas price will bring major hardships for the common man as it will result in hike in CNG prices as well as power production cost.

“You are an expert of economics. You can understand that this decision to double gas prices will have a cascading effect on the economy. On the basis of a complaint filed by four eminent people, an FIR has been filed by Anti-Corruption Branch. Through this letter I request you to keep in abeyance the order on gas pricing till the time investigation is not completed in the case,” Kejriwal said.

The Chief Minister also requested Singh to direct all the ministries to cooperate with ACB in the case.

“It has been alleged that RIL has reduced gas production to put pressure on the government. This has resulted in shortage of gas and the country is forced to import gas from other countries. Imported gas is quite costly and has resulted in huge inflation. If these allegations are correct, then why is the government tolerating Ambani’s blackmail,” he said.

“Don’t you think that in these circumstances, those gas wells should be taken back and handed over to a company which works with honesty, earns legitimate profit and serves the country,” he said.

Kejriwal has sent a copy of the letter to Veerappa Moily also to initiate the “process for suspending” the order to hike price at the earliest.

“Very little time is left and model code of conduct is about to be implemented. Therefore, we collectively need to take action,” the Chief Minister said in the letter to Singh.

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First Published on: February 12, 2014 4:03 pm
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    Arvind
    Feb 15, 2014 at 4:50 pm
    I am not sure if Mr Kejriwal is doing right or wrong as I do not patronize Ambanis as well.... But as a business owner and a manufacturer I know that the prices of lots of things have gone very high since year 2004.... Labour rates have gone very high.... Daily necessity items r sky high in prices.... Then how can the price cannot change for the digging of gases.... It is ridiculous to think that some price will sustain for 17 years.... BuT how RIL signed the contract for 17 years is beyond me...
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      Niroj Behera
      Feb 13, 2014 at 12:36 am
      BJP and congress looting states & countries ... Modi taking crores from Ambani & Adani and other corrupt crorepatis, to bribe the media channels. Let us support AAP for a transparent & clean politics. Arvind has that much of courage and guts to fight financial might of BJP and congress and eradicate corruption from this country.Plz support a honest person like AK fighting to eradicate corruption from this country.
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        Niroj Behera
        Feb 13, 2014 at 12:36 am
        BJP and congress looting states & countries ... Modi taking crores from Ambani & Adani and other corrupt crorepatis, to bribe the media channels. Let us support AAP for a transparent & clean politics. Arvind has that much of courage and guts to fight financial might of BJP and congress and eradicate corruption from this country.Plz support a honest person like AK fighting to eradicate corruption from this country.
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          ria
          Feb 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm
          That's right Kejriwal. Let these loot ka maal khaane waale fatties have it!!!!
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            Brijkhanna
            Feb 13, 2014 at 1:42 am
            Thank God Delhi Police is not under Delhi Government, otherwise Kejriwal would have got arrested Shri Shinde for "A" (ignorant) remarks, Lord Meghnad Desai for his remark "FEBRILE" for him and "IGNORAMUS" (layers of ignorance) for AAP and Barkha Dutt for calling his campaign "PLAUDINOUS"( small-trite).
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              Brijkhanna
              Feb 13, 2014 at 1:42 am
              Thank God Delhi Police is not under Delhi Government, otherwise Kejriwal would have got arrested Shri Shinde for "A" (ignorant) remarks, Lord Meghnad Desai for his remark "FEBRILE" for him and "IGNORAMUS" (layers of ignorance) for AAP and Barkha Dutt for calling his campaign "PLAUDINOUS"( small-trite).
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                david
                Feb 12, 2014 at 10:43 am
                True comments are never shown to public, actually the Italian so called fake hi family are silent partner in this business with Ambani. If you needs proof can be supplied by wikileak.
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                  david
                  Feb 12, 2014 at 10:43 am
                  True comments are never shown to public, actually the Italian so called fake hi family are silent partner in this business with Ambani. If you needs proof can be supplied by wikileak.
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                    JD
                    Feb 12, 2014 at 8:20 pm
                    Kejriwal has asked simple straight forward question - but our eminent internationally renowned PM will yet maintain a very dignified silence. However good Dr. Manmohan Singh as a person is how ever great his academic and bureaucratic accomplishments were, he is a total failure as PM. Under his rule, India reached new depths of corruption. How can he be so good personally and so alienated from all the burden being heaped on common man?
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                      JD
                      Feb 12, 2014 at 8:20 pm
                      Kejriwal has asked simple straight forward question - but our eminent internationally renowned PM will yet maintain a very dignified silence. However good Dr. Manmohan Singh as a person is how ever great his academic and bureaucratic accomplishments were, he is a total failure as PM. Under his rule, India reached new depths of corruption. How can he be so good personally and so alienated from all the burden being heaped on common man?
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                        ginololoya
                        Feb 13, 2014 at 2:26 am
                        Kejri can be a good pick for Bollywood.
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                          h
                          Feb 12, 2014 at 4:43 pm
                          In another paper ( I guess Navbharat times) I read that names of these guys are missing in FIR. Do not know the truth.
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                            h
                            Feb 12, 2014 at 4:43 pm
                            In another paper ( I guess Navbharat times) I read that names of these guys are missing in FIR. Do not know the truth.
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                              Please correct
                              Feb 12, 2014 at 3:47 pm
                              It's Murli Deora not Milind Deora.
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                                Hemen Parekh
                                Feb 13, 2014 at 4:05 am
                                Gastro - nomics ?May be India is suffering from Gastro-nomicsOr , from , Gas - to - EconomicsCall what you may , the disease seems deadly !Minister Veerappa Moily , responding to ArvindKejriwal's FIR , said :" I sympathize with Arvind's ignorance. Gaspricing is a very complex issue "What he would NOT say , is :" How dareyou , Aam Aadmi , try to unravel in a few weeks , what took us years of hardwork to complicate ? To increasegas price from $ 2.34 to $ 4.20 to $ 8.40 , involves complicated calculations ,- worse than sending a man to moon Couldn't youappreciate that all the odds were stacked against us ? "Moily , Murli and Mukesh , would like us to leave it tothe lawyers , the experts and the Supreme Court to decide what ought to be theFAIR and REASONABLE ( - please , don't ask , " to whom ? " ) , priceof KG gasBut Aam Aadmi would like these experts to compile - andpublish - some statistics re: the prices at which , companies around the World, produce and sell gasAs a aam aadmi , I would like to see a COMPARATIVETABULATION of gas selling prices being charged all over the World , underfollowing scenarios :# Domestic Companieswhich " extract " gas from the " Domestic Fields " of theirown countries on a " Contract " basis ( deploying labor / management/ technology / capital ) , on a " Production Sharing " basis At what pricesdo they sell that gas to ,* Their ownlocal government / local companies* Overseasgovernments and companies# Companieswhich extract gas from " Foreign Fields " under a license from eachforeign government or thru outright " Owning " of those fieldsAt what price do they sell gas to ,* Othercompanies of the host country* othercompanies world - wide* Companies inIndia# Purely "Trading " companies ( which do not engage in drilling / exploring /production )At what price do they sell gas world - wide ? ToIndia ?How much do their selling price to India differ fromtheir prices world-wide ?Experts will , no doubt , come up with otherpermutations / combinationsAnd they mustBecause , we must try and get , as much of " An Apple for an Apple "comparison , as possible , to arrive at meaningful conclusionsOther important questions that the Supreme Court will ,no doubt ask , are : World over, is there a definite co-relation between the " Cost of Production "and the " Selling Price " ? Or , is itjust in India ? What roledoes " World Market Price " play in determining the local sellingprice , all over the World ? Do gelling prices in most of the countries , get determined by the world marketprices ? Or , is that a myth ? World over, what is the range of the " Rate of Return on Capital Emplo " forcompanies like Reliance's " Petroleum business " ? WouldReliance suffer mive losses if current price of $ 4.2 were to continue for afew more years ? Will priceof $ 4.2 , fail to attract foreign investments ? Are there sufficient grounds to suspect that thepast - including recent past - decisions in regard to gas selling prices , weredishonest ? Is there aclear case of collusion between Reliance and individuals occupying highpositions in Central government ? Is there aclear case of corruption ?Don't expect answers to these questions , any time soonThere is no doubt , at least some answers are bound toembarr some people !In any case , the mouse has dared to roar !And Aam Aadmi is cheering !* hemen parekh ( 12 Feb 2014 / Mumbai )
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                                  Hemen Parekh
                                  Feb 13, 2014 at 4:05 am
                                  Gastro - nomics ?May be India is suffering from Gastro-nomicsOr , from , Gas - to - EconomicsCall what you may , the disease seems deadly !Minister Veerappa Moily , responding to ArvindKejriwal's FIR , said :" I sympathize with Arvind's ignorance. Gaspricing is a very complex issue "What he would NOT say , is :" How dareyou , Aam Aadmi , try to unravel in a few weeks , what took us years of hardwork to complicate ? To increasegas price from $ 2.34 to $ 4.20 to $ 8.40 , involves complicated calculations ,- worse than sending a man to moon Couldn't youappreciate that all the odds were stacked against us ? "Moily , Murli and Mukesh , would like us to leave it tothe lawyers , the experts and the Supreme Court to decide what ought to be theFAIR and REASONABLE ( - please , don't ask , " to whom ? " ) , priceof KG gasBut Aam Aadmi would like these experts to compile - andpublish - some statistics re: the prices at which , companies around the World, produce and sell gasAs a aam aadmi , I would like to see a COMPARATIVETABULATION of gas selling prices being charged all over the World , underfollowing scenarios :# Domestic Companieswhich " extract " gas from the " Domestic Fields " of theirown countries on a " Contract " basis ( deploying labor / management/ technology / capital ) , on a " Production Sharing " basis At what pricesdo they sell that gas to ,* Their ownlocal government / local companies* Overseasgovernments and companies# Companieswhich extract gas from " Foreign Fields " under a license from eachforeign government or thru outright " Owning " of those fieldsAt what price do they sell gas to ,* Othercompanies of the host country* othercompanies world - wide* Companies inIndia# Purely "Trading " companies ( which do not engage in drilling / exploring /production )At what price do they sell gas world - wide ? ToIndia ?How much do their selling price to India differ fromtheir prices world-wide ?Experts will , no doubt , come up with otherpermutations / combinationsAnd they mustBecause , we must try and get , as much of " An Apple for an Apple "comparison , as possible , to arrive at meaningful conclusionsOther important questions that the Supreme Court will ,no doubt ask , are : World over, is there a definite co-relation between the " Cost of Production "and the " Selling Price " ? Or , is itjust in India ? What roledoes " World Market Price " play in determining the local sellingprice , all over the World ? Do gelling prices in most of the countries , get determined by the world marketprices ? Or , is that a myth ? World over, what is the range of the " Rate of Return on Capital Emplo " forcompanies like Reliance's " Petroleum business " ? WouldReliance suffer mive losses if current price of $ 4.2 were to continue for afew more years ? Will priceof $ 4.2 , fail to attract foreign investments ? Are there sufficient grounds to suspect that thepast - including recent past - decisions in regard to gas selling prices , weredishonest ? Is there aclear case of collusion between Reliance and individuals occupying highpositions in Central government ? Is there aclear case of corruption ?Don't expect answers to these questions , any time soonThere is no doubt , at least some answers are bound toembarr some people !In any case , the mouse has dared to roar !And Aam Aadmi is cheering !* hemen parekh ( 12 Feb 2014 / Mumbai )
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                                    jj
                                    Feb 13, 2014 at 5:53 am
                                    How hungry these people are for money , they have crores and crores but still want more
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                                      Sanjeev
                                      Feb 12, 2014 at 4:28 pm
                                      why this guy always play negatively, cnt he gather some fresh and negative energy for this nation of disappointment.
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                                        Sanjeev
                                        Feb 12, 2014 at 4:28 pm
                                        why this guy always play negatively, cnt he gather some fresh and negative energy for this nation of disappointment.
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                                          velaler.com velaler
                                          Feb 12, 2014 at 1:49 pm
                                          Dirty Tamasha.Kejrival must do something for the benefit of the people. Such sensationalism is ultimately going to prove his wilful intention. This way he also deserves to be named as a dishonest CM.
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                                            Niranjan
                                            Feb 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm
                                            Joker Kejriwal is up to his tricks again!Does he think he can keep on fooling people by his antics?That useless loudmouth should do something tangible for Delhiites instead of gstanding.That would be better for AAP as well as Delhi.Otherwise, no matter what he and his fellow jokers might claim, they will most certainly be wiped out in Lok Sabha elections.
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