The recommendation comes in the wake of RIL being allowed to amend its plea before the Bombay High Court, where the private company used the government's affidavit on gas pricing to buttress its argument on why it should not supply gas to NTPC at the bid price of $2.34 per mmBtu.
Noting that this was a very serious matter, the source said RIL as a defendent in the NTPC's suit before the High Court cannot use the government's stand against a PSU.
Also, RIL cannot be allowed to rely on the central government's affidavit. Subramanium has given a very "strong opinion" on the matter that the government should not help anybody but NTPC, the sources said.
"Government cannot destroy the case of NTPC or any other PSU," Subramanium is believed to have opined.
The Solicitor General has suggested that the government should settle the issue, may be, out-of-court with all the parties concerned.