Ask oil minister not to intervene in RIL-RNRL gas row: Anil

Ask oil minister not to intervene in RIL-RNRL gas row: Anil
PTI
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First Published: Mon, Jul 20 2009. 02 33 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Jul 20 2009. 02 33 PM IST
New Delhi: Reliance ADA Group chairman Anil Ambani has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to direct the petroleum ministry and the sector regulator to stop from “overtly and covertly” intervening in a commercial dispute his group firm has with Mukesh Ambani-run RIL.
Sources said that in a letter dated 15 July, Ambani informed Singh that his group was “not claiming any rights to the ownership of the KG-D6 gas fields, whether through any family settlement or contractual claims or otherwise.”
When contacted, a ADAG spokesperson said Ambani had indeed written to the Prime Minister.
The government, in its special leave petition before the Supreme Court on Saturday, sought a direction to declare as “null and void” the Ambani family settlement, as also to stay a 15 June Bombay high court order asking RIL to supply gas to Reliance ADA Group firm RNRL.
“You may kindly direct the ministry of petroleum and natural gas, Directorage General of Hydrocarbons and other relevant ministries and departments to cease from “overtly and covertly attempting to intervene in our commercial disputes with RIL...” a source quoted Ambani as saying in the letter.
Ambani, while expressing willingness to meet Singh to offer clarifications that may be required, also made it amply clear in the letter that the government’s “ownership, rights and entitlements in the KG-D6 fields stand fully protected, and are indeed, not in dispute.”
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First Published: Mon, Jul 20 2009. 02 33 PM IST