New Delhi: Named in an AAP-filed FIR over alleged irregularities in gas pricing, former Oil Minister Murli Deora may write to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung challenging the state government's jurisdiction in filing a police complaint on a decision taken by Union government.
Deora along with Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily, Reliance Industries and its Chairman Mukesh Ambani figures in the FIR filed by the Anti-Corruption Bureau at the behest of the AAP for allegedly creating an artificial shortage of gas in the country and raising prices.
Sources close to the former minister and Rajya Sabha MP said that Deora, who was the Oil Minister when an Empowered Group of Ministers headed by the then External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee fixed the USD 4.2 price for gas from RIL's KG-D6 fields for five years, is contemplating writing to Jung.
Deora may in the letter question Delhi government's jurisdiction in filing an FIR on a decision taken by the Cabinet of the Union government, they said.
The 2007 decision by the EGoM, which is a mini-Cabinet, fixing USD 4.2 per million British thermal unit as the price of gas from the eastern offshore KG-D6 fields was taken after two committees including one headed by Cabinet Secretary reviewed the price discovered by RIL as per contractual provisions.