ADAG threatens to sue VK Sibal over claims on `threat to life`

Last Updated: Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 18:41

New Delhi: Slamming claims that it poses a
threat to oil and gas sector regulator V K Sibal`s life, Anil
Ambani group today said it would file criminal proceedings
against the Director General of Hydrocarbons for "defamation
and character assassination".

"DGH`s allegations against ADA Group are irresponsible,
absurd and baseless," RNRL wrote to Home Ministry, reacting to
Sibal`s letter to the government wherein he had sought
protection fearing threat to his life and his family members
from the industrial house.

Reliance ADA Group challenged Sibal to bring on record
anything to support his "wild allegations," while adding that
it would file criminal proceedings against DGH.

When contacted, Anil Ambani group firm RNRL spokesperson
confirmed writing a letter to the government in relation to
Sibal`s communication.

Sibal`s letter to the home and petroleum ministries on
Tuesday coincided with ADAG moving Supreme Court alleging a
nexus between him and RIL. ADAG has alleged that the nexus
influenced Sibal to approve the increased capital expenditure
in the Mukesh-led firm`s KG-D6 gas fields.

RNRL, in its letter to the Home Ministry today, sought
comprehensive investigation into DGH approval for RIL`s capex
of over Rs 40,000 crore. It also claimed that the DGH`s sole
intent was to divert media attention from "his partisan act
towards RIL."

Alleging a "witch-hunt" by ADAG, Sibal had written: "ADAG
is a corporate giant with unlimited resources. It is clear
from the recent actions of this group that they are bent upon
damaging my professional and personal life... in view of this
I will not be surprised if ADAG resorts to violent means to
achieve their objective. Therefore, I perceive a threat to my
family members and myself."

"ADAG has orchestrated a sustained campaign to malign me
by alleging that I and my family members availed favours from
RIL... ADAG has followed the sustained campaign by filing a
petition in the Supreme Court," Sibal wrote.

Also, the DGH had yesterday brought out full-page
newspaper advertisements denying any favours to RIL, including
approving RIL`s inflated capex -- a campaign reminiscent of
that from ADAG in August accusing Petroleum Ministry of siding
with RIL.

Incidentally, Central Vigilance Commission had asked CBI
to probe the allegations of personal favours received by Sibal
from RIL in lieu of approving the company`s capex for KG-D6.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 18:41

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