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Anil Ambani, Mukesh Ambani firms' exec meet L-G

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 20, 2014
First Published: 11:14 IST(20/2/2014) | Last Updated: 16:58 IST(20/2/2014)

Anil Ambani, chairman of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group — that has interests in the power, telecommunications, entertainment and infrastructure sectors – on Wednesday met lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung and is understood to have discussed issues relating to power supply in the Capital and the CAG audit of its two power distribution companies ordered by former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

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Sources said the recommendation by the previous AAP regime to the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission to revoke the licences of BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd, if they failed to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply, figured in the meeting.

They claimed the issue of CAG audit of the discoms was discussed.

However, officials at the L-G Secretariat described Ambani’s hour-long meeting with Jung as a “courtesy call”.

Also, as Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) weighs its legal options against Kejriwal for ordering the filing of FIR against him for manipulating gas prices, the company’s executive director, PMS Prasad and other senior officials met Jung on Wednesday. The officials apparently discussed the issue and the possible course of action that can be taken by RIL.

The FIR was ordered by Kejriwal against the senior Ambani and others — including former petroleum minister Murli Deora and present minister Veerappa Moily — after a complaint from a number of activists, including former cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian.

RIL is understood to be readying a case against Kejriwal, who resigned as chief minister of Delhi last week, and others for levelling “baseless allegations” against it and Ambani and hurting corporate interests.

Kejriwal had also ordered a CAG scrutiny of private power distribution companies owned by Anil Ambani.

The BSES discoms have already expressed their unhappiness over the decision. Kejriwal had even accused BSES discoms of trying to “blackmail” the government by threatening it with power cuts up to 10 hours a day, and warned them of strict action, including possible cancellation of licenses.

Both BRPL and BYPL have been maintaining that they are going through difficult financial conditions. They have been demanding significant hike in tariff, citing rise in power purchase cost.

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