The Bombay High court on Wednesday allowed the Union Government to intervene in the dispute between Mukesh Ambani led RIL and younger brother Anil’s RNRL over gas supply from Krishna-Godavari basin.
Accepting that the Union Government has a locus standi in the case, a bench headed by Justice J.N. Patel passed an order allowing the Centre to intervene in the RIL-RNRL dispute to the extent of its stake — but not as a party respondent.
The bench noted that the Government’s stand and its commitment to the case needed to be explained while not taking any sides between any of the litigants.
The Government has been asked to file an affidavit explaining its role and a second short affidavit clarifying its response to questions asked in Rajya Sabha regarding the its stand in the case.
The court also reiterated that the two sides must exercise some restraint in their statements to the media as the ruling will be made by the court and not the media.