The anti-graft wing of the Delhi government has filed an affidavit in the high court saying it has jurisdiction to lodge a report against Reliance Industries and former petroleum minister M Veerappa Moily, among others, in the gas pricing issue.
The Delhi High Court is scheduled to hear Friday a petition by the union government seeking a restraining order on the anti-corruption wing of the Delhi government from probing a decision on the fixation of price for Reliance gas.
CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta Wednesday accused Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily of "openly defying" Election Commission directive and Cabinet decision by allegedly ordering notification of doubling of gas prices with retrospective effect to benefit Reliance.
The Reliance gas pricing issue is likely to find a place in Aam Aadmi Party`s (AAP) manifesto as the new party has already indicated that it will be among the major issues to target BJP and Congress in the Lok Sabha election.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has questioned the silence of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi over the Reliance gas issue and also asked him whether he would give ticket to ministers who have corruption charges against them in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday targeted Bharatiya Janata Party`s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, asking him to break his silence on the gas pricing issue.
The Samajwadi Party on Tuesday attacked the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government for registering FIRs against union ministers and industrialists, saying this was a "drama" staged by people like him to hide their inefficiency and attain "political martyrdom".
Companies like state-run ONGC and Reliance Industries should be given freedom to fix natural gas price that move in tandem with changes in international crude oil prices, Finance Commission Chairman Vijay Kelkar has said.