Mukesh, Moily names in FIR

Mukesh, Moily names in FIR

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 the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi government in the Reliance gas case.

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

After alleging wrongdoings in fixing price of natural gas, Kejriwal on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, requesting him to keep in abeyance a decision to hike gas price from April 1.

The chief minister had written to the prime minister to prevent a hike in natural gas prices as it may lead to an increase in the cost of CNG. Transportation cost in the city may also increase.

Kejriwal said the ACB was directed to probe into the case based on a “common complaint” filed by former cabinet secretary T S R Subrmanian, former Navy chief Admiral R H Tahiliani, lawyer Kamini Jaiswal and former Union secretary E A S Sarma.

The chief minister said the gas price hike would cost the country at least Rs 54,500 crore every year and allow RIL to make a windfall profit of Rs 1.2 lakh crore.

The company on Tuesday called the order to register the FIR shocking and the complaints baseless.

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