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RNRL asks SC to dismiss Govt plea on Ambani gas matter

Anil Ambani group firm RNRL on Friday asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the government's petition on the Ambani gas dispute, saying it had no locus standi to seek any orders and it at best could only make submissions.

business Updated: Sep 18, 2009 16:07 IST

Anil Ambani group firm RNRL on Friday asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the government's petition on the Ambani gas dispute, saying it had no locus standi to seek any orders and it at best could only make submissions.

"An attempt is being made (by the government) to reintroduce allegations that were withdrawn before the Bombay High Court. This is clearly impermissible," said the RNRL affidavit, which counters the government's SLP that is to be heard with related matters on October 20.

The government's SLP, filed in July to assert its right on gas from Mukesh Ambani-led RIL's KG basin fields, is "therefore misconceived and liable to be dismissed," RNRL said.

It clarified that the Production Sharing Contract gives marketing freedom to the contractor and the MoU between the group firms of the two Ambani brothers is an arrangement with regard to the part of gas earmarked for RIL in its capacity as contractor.

RNRL is fighting RIL for supply of gas at $2.34 per mmBtu citing a family agreement.

The government, which had initially sought an order from the apex court to declare the family MoU as null and void, later amended it seeking to strike down only that part of the MoU that deals with gas.