New Delhi: After accusing government of partisanship in the RIL-RNRL gas dispute, ADAG chief Anil Ambani has now brought the matter in Prime Minister’s notice by writing a letter.
As per a newspaper report, Anil in his letter dated July 15 has accused the Petroleum Ministry of being partisan and biased towards his brother Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL).
Anil is clearly upset with the government as it has filed a case in SC urging it to quash the June 15 Bombay High court Judgment directing RIL to honour its commitment and provide gas to RNRL as per the MOU between them. The government has further urged that the MOU should be treated as null and void; arguing that if gas is supplied to Dadri project, other industries in the country would suffer.
Anil, in his letter, has also reassured that Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) company Reliance Natural Resource Ltd (RNRL) is not claiming stake in the Krishna Godavari gas basin in Andhra Pradesh and that it is fully committed to provide uninterrupted gas supply to the users. RNRL has also restated its commitment to work in the national interest.
When contacted, a ADAG spokesperson said Ambani had indeed written to the Prime Minister.
You may kindly direct the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Directorage General of Hydrocarbons and other relevant Ministries and Departments to cease from "overtly and covertly attempting to intervene in our commercial disputes
with RIL..." a source quoted Ambani as saying in the letter.
Ambani, while expressing willingness to meet Singh to offer clarifications that may be required, also made it amply clear in the letter that the government's "ownership, rights
and entitlements in the KG-D6 fields stand fully protected, and are indeed, not in dispute."
The hearing of the tripartite case would be heard in the Supreme Court today where government has also become a party.
Both Union Petroleum Minister Murli Deora and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YSR R Reddy had called the KG-D6 gas basin as a national property and refused to consider it as a property of Ambani brothers.
Reacting to RNRL’s claim RIL said that it is not seeking to influence petroleum ministry. They further refused to comment on the matter as it is subjudice.
RIL led by Mukesh Ambani and RNRL headed by Anil Ambani which had separately filed cross-petitions against the Bombay High Court June 15 ruling that asked it to supply gas to RNRL at USD 2.34 per mmBtu, a price which is 44 percent lower than the official rate.
Petroleum Ministry also sought a stay on the Bombay HC judgement that asked RIL to supply gas to RNRL after mutually working out the modalities.
The government petition before the SC also sought a direction to declare as "null and void" the private family agreement of the Ambanis that provides for gas supply by RIL to RNRL.
First Published: Monday, July 20, 2009, 14:11