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Govt files revised SLP setting 'defects' right

business Updated: Jul 31, 2009 02:36 IST
Govt files revised SLP setting 'defects' right

The government on Thursday revised its petition on the Ambani gas dispute before the Supreme Court, restricting its prayer to that part of the private agreement pertaining to gas.

"The defects have been cured," said an official connected with the case, adding parts related to the MoU were amended.

The Special Leave Petition of the government filed on July 18 had sought to declare the Ambani family MoU which deals
with government rights null and void.

Sources said the SLP was withdrawn in the morning, but attempts to file a revised petition in the afternoon failed
due to procedural inconsistencies. However, it was filed just before the registry was closed.

A decision to effect changes in the SLP emerged during a meeting Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had with the Oil
Minister and Law Minister on Tuesday.

The amendment in the SLP came hours after the Supreme Court expressed its inability to commence final hearing of the
gas dispute between the Ambani brothers from September one, although it said it would try to give an early date.

During the mention of the RNRL prayer in the morning, Additional Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran said the government too wanted early resolution of the dispute.

The court said it will decide on the date of final hearing on September one, the day when all petitions related to the
dispute are scheduled to come up for consideration.