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Probe stalled in FIR against RIL on gas price hike: HC told

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The told the high here today that the "probe has stalled" in the FIR against and others, including two ministers, for alleged irregularities in raising gas prices after a 2014 HC order that no coercive steps be taken in the matter.

It also submitted before Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva that the 2014 order would "enure to the benefit" of Industries Ltd (RIL) which was seeking quashing of the FIR on the ground that the ACB does not have the power to probe central officials.


The Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) of the city had lodged the FIR against the company, then ministers and (since dead), RIL's Chairman Ambani, former director general of hydrocarbons V K Sibal and some others for alleged irregularities in raising price of gas from KG-6 basin. All of them had denied the allegations.

argued before the today that a division bench of the high had on August 4 last year ruled that the ACB has no power to probe central employees and thus, its plea for quashing the FIR be allowed.

It said that since the FIR was continuing, ACB officials were asking the company to appear before them.

Denying the claims, the said that "at present the probe in the matter has stalled and nothing is happening".

It also said that its special leave petition (SLP) against the high court's August 4, 2016 decision is pending before a Constitution bench of the Supreme

The city said no prejudice would be caused if and the Centre's pleas against the FIR are kept pending till the apex decides the SLP.

After hearing the brief arguments, the judge listed the matter for consideration on July 25.

The FIR was lodged by the ACB on a complaint sent to the chief minister by former cabinet secretary T S R Subramanian, former secretary E A S Sarma, former navy chief R H Tahiliani and advocate Kamini Jaiswal.

The FIR was lodged under sections for cheating and criminal conspiracy of the IPC and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The complaint had alleged that impact of gas price rise would cost the country a minimum of Rs 54,500 crore per year at the dollar price then.

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