Agencies, New Delhi
Delhi Government today directed Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) to register an FIR against RIL chairperson Mukesh Ambani, Union Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily, former petroleum minister Murli Deora and former DG Hydrocarbons VK Sibal for their alleged involvement in Gas Pricing scam.
The Delhi government directed the Anti-Corruption Branch to register an FIR against Chairperson of Reliance Industries Limited Mukesh Ambani, Union Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily, former petroleum minister Murli Deora and former director general of Hydrocarbons VK Sibal under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA).
Addressing a press conference here, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal described the details mentioned in the complaint received by the Delhi government as ‘’shocking, and which were an assault on India’s economic sovereignty and amounted to an anti-national activity’’.
The CM has demanded that the Central government should put its decision to hike the prices of gas in abeyance till the time the probe into the matter is completed.
‘’Gas prices will be doubled from April 1 in case the Central government’s order is not withdrawn,’’ the CM said. ‘’The decision to order a probe was taken by the Delhi government after the perusal of a common complaint filed by eminent citizens – former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramaniam, former Navy chief Admiral RH Tahiliani, former secretary to government of India EAS Sarma and noted Supreme Court lawyer Kamini Jaiswal,’’ the Chief Minister said.
The complaint stated that gas prices in the country will be doubled from April 1 this year due to the alleged active collusion between the RIL and some ministers of the Union government. In case this price hike is allowed to take place, it will make the life of common man miserable since it will have a cascading effect on transport, domestic gas and even electricity prices. ‘’The impact of this hike in gas price would cost the country a minimum of Rs 54,500 crore every year, and in addition to this the Central government allowed the RIL to make a future windfall profit of Rs 1.2 lakh crore,’’ the CM said.
‘’This will have an adverse effect on the household of a common man who uses piped and compressed natural gas (CNG).