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FIR against Moily, Mukesh, Deora

    Sowmiya Ashok
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Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily (left) and RIL Chief Mukesh Ambani (right) were on Wednesday named in an FIR by an Anti-Corruption Branch of Delhi Government in the Reliance gas issue. File photo
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Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily (left) and RIL Chief Mukesh Ambani (right) were on Wednesday named in an FIR by an Anti-Corruption Branch of Delhi Government in the Reliance gas issue. File photo

Kejriwal alleges fixing of gas prices, hoarding in KG basin

Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, Petroleum Minister M. Veerappa Moily, former Minister Murli Deora and former Director-General of Hydrocarbons V.K. Sibal have been named in an FIR registered by the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi government over alleged collusion in fixing natural gas prices and hoarding in the KG-D6 basin.

The top politicians and the corporate head have been charged under Section 13 (1) (C) and (D) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code, ACB sources said.

The FIR was lodged late on Tuesday evening, the same day that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal directed the unit to probe the allegations made by former Cabinet Secretary T.S.R. Subramanian, former Navy Chief Admiral R.H. Tahiliani, lawyer Kamini Jaiswal and former Union Secretary E.A.S. Sarma.

Mr. Kejriwal on Wednesday told journalists that all the four had been named in the FIR. The Chief Minister also wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, requesting him to suspend the Central government’s decision to hike gas prices from April 1, citing the cascading effect it would have on the people.

According to the complaint, the allegations include inflating gas prices much above the cost of production and keeping production much below the capacity to seek upward revision.

Quoting the complaint, Mr. Kejriwal questioned the relevance of fixing gas prices in terms of U.S. dollars when the entire production was consumed internally. The complaint alleges that gas prices will be doubled from April 1 to $8.4 (Rs.524.20) per mbtu as against $4.2 (Rs.262.25) per mbtu because of collusion between RIL and UPA-II government servants. The hike would cost the country a minimum of Rs.54,500 crore a year and allow RIL to make a windfall of Rs.1.2 lakh crore, the complaint alleged.

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Why is that full Indian Media is not covering this 'bold issue' it
deserves ?

from:  moonsamy
Posted on: Feb 13, 2014 at 18:23 IST

Hats off to kejriwal. Please my request to all masses, go out in full force and vote AAP whereever you are. If no AAP there then press the button which says "you dont like any of the candidates"/

from:  Honga Singh
Posted on: Feb 13, 2014 at 13:42 IST

To do a single good thing or to change the rotten corrupt systems lot of dare is required. Arvind sir is great, why Reliance is not producing gas/what is their capital cost and unit cost, how a common man is effecting lot due to these corrupti politicians. What is the problem to Govt and Reliance if CAG or any body audits and enquires.

from:  vempati krishna prasad
Posted on: Feb 13, 2014 at 13:23 IST

Crony capitalism at its best. Senior Dhiru spent a fortune to get rid of VP singh then. Now his
sons will spend 100 times of that to buy media, lawyers, judgement and eminent persons to
slander AAP. I was amazed to see a Shell Veteran slaughtering Prashant bushan in TV.
Prashant countered that joker aptly. Yesterday's wheeler dealers will move earth and heaven
to bury this scam. Already this news is pushed to 3rd page. I have seen every case against
reliance gets buried with out a whimper. Reliance is the real owner of India. God bless this
country and its real owner. Let all of us pay for his Antila home.

from:  Kris
Posted on: Feb 13, 2014 at 12:52 IST

A bit late initiative but most welcome. The issue should be raised by
all responsible parties and Civil society groups at center and arrest
corruption by corporate giants which are mingled with corrupt

from:  Mahendra Nath Gorle
Posted on: Feb 13, 2014 at 12:04 IST

Hats off to Mr. Kejriwal!
It takes enormous courage to take on the industry at a time when politics & government policies are being controlled by powerful business entities.
And as AAP has rightly asked, why BJP & its PM candidate Modi are silent on this mega scam (54,000 crores loss to government each year & enormous burden on people)? It exposes their real stand on corruption.

from:  Iqbal Ahmed
Posted on: Feb 13, 2014 at 11:52 IST

He is doing the right thing here. If there is nobody to raise voice
against these wrongdoings, our society would be doomed.

from:  Ramu
Posted on: Feb 13, 2014 at 11:42 IST

Good Decision...

Posted on: Feb 13, 2014 at 11:28 IST

All the culprits in the ministry, bureaucrats and so called corporate
magnates shud be put in Tihar Jail with common prisoners. THis is the best punishment which can be given to them for looting the nation.
Kudos to AAP in spite of the fact most of the english national TV channnels are orchestrating in one voice that AAP is an anarchist and most of the talk show panelists and anchor seem to be indulging in highest level of mockery of AAP's action. As though these people they are the guardians of Constitutions. If these so called big speakers and anchors if investigation is done into their financial transactions skeltons will start tumbling. AAP shud not be deterred by these unworthy characters who appear every night on the TV and keep blaberring to the tunes of Corporates and corrupt politicians

from:  K.GOPU
Posted on: Feb 13, 2014 at 11:00 IST

Price-fixing, horading and inside-trading are common ailments that rip
off the people and the government.
In India, it is widespread too. The AAP is making a valiant and legal
effort to protect the people against the looters and officials deeply
tainted over the years. We ought to applaud the AAP and wish them

from:  kumar
Posted on: Feb 13, 2014 at 10:58 IST

Very daring decision by Kejriwal. He is the one and only guy qualified to rule India as he really cares about the common man as he himself is well educated! Modi is another MMS in the making. At least MMS was controlled by one power center but in BJP everyone will think they are the power center and that is going to put India amongst Ethiopias and Angolas of the world!!!

from:  Gopal T
Posted on: Feb 13, 2014 at 10:48 IST

This corrupted congress government with the financial support of corporate mafias have been looting our country. Don't allow this any more. All people should unite and fight against these types of harmful doings against people. It is too late to open the eyes of everyone and see what has been happening in India. Business is welcome; but in order to flourish and get prosperity and wealth personally by deceiving common people and looting our country's wealth cannot be allowed. Give support to AAP and fight against these evil practices.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2014 at 10:43 IST

Crack the whip AK. Best wishes. Look at the corrupt goons.. They are all hand in glove looting public money.

from:  Honga Singh
Posted on: Feb 13, 2014 at 10:41 IST

Congrats AK...we support you in your fight against corruption...todays
business man has many ways to escape from taxing...ordinary common
people money is looted in different ways....We support you...

from:  Mano
Posted on: Feb 13, 2014 at 10:22 IST

If the scams disclosed so far is an indication,Mr.Kijeriwal's contension
can't go wrong especially when a union minister is involved.If there can
be an admitted coal scam why can't be a similar gas scam.The day when
governmental intervention was stopped in control of petrol price ,it
started sky rocketing.A welcome decision.Let the agency come up with
convincing evidence.There must be room for a roll back of prices.

from:  Bose A Panicker
Posted on: Feb 13, 2014 at 10:10 IST

Jail the thief's for life and cane every day..

from:  Raj
Posted on: Feb 13, 2014 at 10:05 IST

Every Indian knows the nexus between Ambanis and rulers whether INC or
BJP. I appreciate the daring decission by Kejriwal and look forward for
many actions to be taken like that for the benefit of Aam Admis

from:  madhusudanrao
Posted on: Feb 13, 2014 at 09:18 IST

Nexus between industrialists, politicians / government is well known.
Why the companies should pay donations .. to political parties - for
favours. If petroleum product price in India, is higher than even US -
where earning is atleast 10 times larger, what else one could say. AAP
to be appreciated for raking up this issue - let the outcome be anything
- highlighting issues also required

from:  Gopalan
Posted on: Feb 13, 2014 at 09:15 IST

Poor Indians. These allgations make the accused more popular.Due you think that ACB is strong enough to serve a warrant against these big wigs. Ambani will settle this issue by rolling few bucks from IPL loot. What Income Tax dept and the great CAG is doing. May be they are interested to get ticket from AAP

Posted on: Feb 12, 2014 at 20:21 IST

Good decision by Delhi government.
someone mush check these who were ripping the country in
the name of Natural Gas.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Feb 12, 2014 at 19:41 IST
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