New Delhi: An embattled Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal today ordered the Anti-Corruption Bureau to file FIRs against Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily, former Petroleum Minister Murli Deora, Reliance Industries Ltd, its chairman Mukesh Ambani and V K Duggal, former director-general hydrocarbons and others, for causing huge loss to the nation's exchequer by hiking the cost of production for supply gas.
Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal said, he had received a joint complaint signed by TSR Subramaniam, retired Cabinet Secretary, E A S Sarma, former Expenditure Secretary, Retired Admiral Tahiliani and Supreme Court advocate Kamini Jaiswal in which they had alleged that RIL which signed an agreement with the Centre in early 2000 to supply gas at a cost of $ 1 per unit, later hiked the rate to $2.3 per unit and again hiked it to $ 4 per unit.
Inspite of hike in cost of production of gas, Kejriwal alleged, RIL "blackmailed the government" and tried to create artificial shortage because of which the nation had to import gas to meet the shortfall.
Now, RIL wants to hike the cost of production of gas to $ 8 per unit from April 1, 2014, Kejriwal said, adding that this would result in huge hike in the price of CNG, PNG, resulting in transport and fertiliser price hike. On the other hand, RIL's partner NICO is supplying gas to Bangladesh at a cost of $ 2.34 per unit.
Kejriwal claimed that his government had the locus standi to order probe into RIL gas issue, as it comes in concurrent list with CBI.