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Updated: December 3, 2009 19:26 IST

Gas row: RNRL raises objections on Govt. affidavit

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A file picture of RNRL Chairman Anil Ambani, with his lawyer Ram Jethmalani, outside the Supreme Court as they arrive for the hearing of the gas row between Reliance Natural Resources (RNRL) and Reliance Industries (RIL) in New Delhi. Photo: PTI.
A file picture of RNRL Chairman Anil Ambani, with his lawyer Ram Jethmalani, outside the Supreme Court as they arrive for the hearing of the gas row between Reliance Natural Resources (RNRL) and Reliance Industries (RIL) in New Delhi. Photo: PTI.

The Anil Ambani-led RNRL today opposed the Government stand in the Supreme Court on the gas row with the Mukesh Ambani’s RIL, accusing it of deliberately causing “confusion” and hurting the interests of public sector NTPC.

The Government’s stand in its affidavit that the arrangement for the supply and pricing of gas for NTPC cannot be equated with a private agreement between RIL and RNRL was based on the interpretation of the secondary source of information and cannot be accepted, RNRL counsel Ram Jethmalani, said.

However, Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, said the Government was only concerned with public interest and was not interfering in the battle between the Ambani brothers and they have to resolve their dispute by themselves.

The Government stand was in response to RNRL’s contention that it was entitled to receive the gas at USD 2.34 per unit from RIL which had entered into an arrangement for supplying gas to NTPC at that rate.

“The Government affidavit is not even worth the paper on which it is written on. Affidavits can’t be based on interpretation of records,” Mr. Jethmalani said before a Bench headed by Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan.

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