Mumbai: In another twist to the feud between the Ambani brothers, the younger sibling Anil’s Group is understood to have filed a defamation suit for as much as Rs10,000 crore against Mukesh Ambani for remarks purported to have been made by him in an interview with the New York Times several weeks ago.
Mukesh Ambani-led RIL spokesperson declined to comment on any query related to this development, while the spokesperson for Anil Ambani’s Group was inaccessible despite several attempts.
The defamation suit is believed to have been filed in the Bombay High Court about a month ago, but no details of about 200-page petition were not available immediately.
The case is understood to be based on an interview given by Mukesh Ambani to the leading American publication wherein the New York Times quoted him as saying that a network of lobbyists and spies were overseen by his brother before they split.
“What most distinguishes Reliance from its rivals is what Ambanis friends and associates describe as his ‘intelligence agency´ a network of lobbyists and spies in New Delhi who they say collect data about the vulnerabilities of the powerful, about the minutiae of bureaucrats’ schedules, about the activities of their competitors,” the New York Times had said.
Mukesh is purported to have said in the interview that all such activities were overseen by his brother before they split, and had since been expunged from his tranche of the company. “We de-mergered all of that,” Mukesh was quoted as saying.