RIL slams Anil Ambani over gas row

Mukesh Ambani on Friday slammed ADAG for the ‘malicious campaign’ it had unleashed against RIL.

Updated: Aug 07, 2009, 21:21 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Mumbai: Breaking his silence over the gas row with his brother Anil Ambani’s ADAG, Mukesh Ambani on Friday slammed ADAG for the ‘malicious campaign’ it had unleashed against RIL.

Rejecting all allegations hurled by Anil’s companies, Mukesh Ambani, through RIL’s spokesperson said it was all to malign him.

"During the course of his media campaign, Anil Ambani has
made several personal comments about his elder brother and RIL
Chairman Mukesh Ambani. While Mukesh Ambani is profoundly
saddened by his brother`s remarks, he requests the media to
respect his decision not to respond," RIL said in a statement.

Fighting inside and outside the courts for getting gas at
a committed price of USD 2.34 per mmBtu from RIL, Anil has
levelled several serious charges, including that Petroleum
Ministry was conniving with RIL to help it earn a profit of Rs
50,000 crore and that Mukesh had ruled out any role for mother
Kokilaben for settling their dispute.

Emphatically refuting and outrightly rejecting "the
baseless, tendentious and motivated allegations and
insinuations" made by Anil and his associates, RIL said the
public statements were attempts to convert "legal issues into
public issues." prejudiced.

Dubbing Anil Ambani’s intentions as malicious and with the intent of tarnishing his brother’s image, the RIL spokesperson clarified that the stoic silence that was being maintained by them would be broken only in court.

The spokesperson expressed hope that Anil will not take the legal battle in public and would settle it in court. Anil`s statements "are a part of an orchestrated campaign
to bring into public debate and prejudge the issues that are
pending before the Supreme Court," RIL said.

“We will act in accordance with law, in the interest of the nation,” he added. He said RIL was only a contractor with the Government of India in the KG-basin.

"We would like to assure the people of India, the
Government of India, Members of Parliament and all our
shareholders that our objective, is to act at all times in a
manner that is fully in consonance with our respect for the
law of the land and is protective of the nation`s interests, the statement said.

The public spat between the two brothers and their group
companies comes ahead of the September one hearing at the
Supreme Court on their cross appeals on the decision by the
Bombay High Court that RIL should supply 28 mmscmd gas to RNRL
for 17 years and the two sides should sign an appropriate
agreement for it.