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New Delhi: Petroleum minister Veerappa Moily, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) chief Mukesh Ambani, former union minister Murli Deora and retired director general of hydrocarbons V.K. Sibal were on Wedneday named in a First Information Report (FIR) by the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi government.

The FIR by the ACB was registered a day after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the agency has been told to probe their alleged collusion over hike in prices of natural gas from the Krishna Godavari (KG) basin.

The names of Moily, Ambani, Deora and Sibal figured in the FIR, people familiar with the matter said told PTI.

Kejriwal on Wednesday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, requesting him to keep in abeyance decision to hike gas prices from 1 April till the probe in the case is completed.

The Delhi chief minister on Tuesday said ACB was directed to probe the case based on a “common complaint" filed by former cabinet secretary TSR Subrmanian, former Navy chief admiral R.H. Tahiliani, eminent lawyer Kamini Jaiswal and former union secretary EAS Sarma.

Quoting from the complaint, Kejriwal had said the impact of the hike in gas prices would cost the country a minimum of Rs54,500 crore every year and allow RIL to make a future windfall profit of Rs1.2 lakh crore.

On Tuesday, RIL had termed the ordering of the FIR against it as shocking and described the complaints that were used to base the action as baseless and devoid of merit or substance.

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