Foreign investors may be put off, say experts

Experts here point out that the government interference in the pricing and marketing of gas leads to investment risk in a politically sensitive resources.

For one, while the Supreme Court  verdict gives a clarity on the policy over the ownership of gas-fields and the power to decide prices, this aspect makes the government’s role more predominant but seen as a regressive step backward move by the champions of free market.  

Taxation expert H P Ranina said: “This issue is now not merely confined to the concerned parties or the courts, but will also involve members of parliament, as the government will have to come out with a legislation to ensure that similar disputes do not happen in the future and investors have a clear understanding of what is at stake.”  

Further,  Ranina added: “The next six weeks are going to be crucial as the two companies will have to renegotiate and arrive at a deal.”

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