Govt not interested in ADAG`s ad campaign: Moily
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 20:53
  
New Delhi: Dismissing the advertisement campaign unleashed by Anil Ambani group against Mukesh Ambani-led RIL and Petroleum Ministry, Law minister Veerappa Moily on Wednesday said the government was "not interested" in such a move.

"We are not interested in any advertisement campaign by any private party... We will not comment as the matter is sub-judice," Moily said emerging out of meeting a ministerial group formed to supervise the government's stand on the gas dispute in the Supreme Court between the two Ambani groups.

New Delhi: Dismissing the advertisement campaign unleashed by Anil Ambani group against Mukesh Ambani-led RIL and Petroleum Ministry, Law minister Veerappa Moily on Wednesday said the government was "not interested" in such a move.

"We are not interested in any advertisement campaign by any private party... We will not comment as the matter is sub-judice," Moily said emerging out of meeting a ministerial group formed to supervise the government's stand on the gas dispute in the Supreme Court between the two Ambani groups.

The meeting, which is believed to have been called for discussing power PSU NTPC's next move in its legal battle with Reliance Industries for getting the gas at a committed price, remained inconclusive and is likely to resume tomorrow.

"The Chairman (Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee) had to go for the meeting with Nepal Prime Minister, and so we could not discuss anything," Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said.

Besides Mukherjee, Moily and Shinde, the meeting was also attended by Petroleum Minister Murli Deora and the government counsel Mohan Parasaran.

Before the meeting, Mukherjee told reporters that there already was a gas utilisation policy and the gas from RIL's fields was being distributed accordingly. "This is an informal meeting and I'll not comment on it," he said.

Asked if it was decided that NTPC would file a petition in the Supreme Court against RIL, Shinde said, "Nothing has been decided yet."

Anil Ambani meets Union ministers, key govt officials

In the midst of a legal battle over gas supply between the two Ambani brothers, younger sibling Anil on Wednesday met senior Cabinet ministers, including Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, and key government officials.

After arriving in the capital late last night, the industrialist first met Mukherjee and then Home Minister P Chidambaram and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

No comments could be obtained from the spokesperson of the Anil Ambani group on these meetings.

Bureau Report


First Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 20:53


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