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SC rejects RNRL plea for early final hearing

The Supreme Court has refused to entertain Anil Ambani Group company RNRL plea for commencing final hearing on gas dispute from September 1.

business Updated: Jul 30, 2009 16:45 IST

The Supreme Court today refused to take up a gas dispute between Reliance Industries and RNRL for final hearing on September 1, rejecting the prayer of Anil Group company for expeditious proceedings.

A bench headed Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan said it will decide on the date of final hearing on September 1 when
it will consider various petitions related to the dispute.The RNRL prayer came up for mentioning and the company's
counsel Mukul Rohtagi requested that final hearing be taken up on September 1 as the entire Bombay High Court record was
before the apex court and nothing was left to be filed.

"All parties are here," he said, referring to Mukesh Ambani-led RIL, the government and gas users. RIL counsel Harish Salve, however, questioned the need for early final hearing, saying "what public interest would this serve?"

The court enquired whether the petitioner wanted interim arrangement on the September 1 or the final order, Rohtagi
said that RNRL was not looking for interim arrangement. At this point Salve requested the court that there should
be complete silence from all parties as people are going to the media.

Earlier on Wednesday, in a no holds barred attack, Anil Ambani landed an emotional punch on elder brother,
saying Mukesh no longer saw a role for their mother Kokilaben in resolving their gas dispute and has traded Dhirubhai's
vision for "corporate greed."

Asserting that he had made sincere efforts at every stage to amicably resolve all issues, but without success, Anil told
PTI that "unfortunately, in the pursuit of corporate greed, RIL has even forgotten the vision of the founder chairman
(late Dhirubhai Ambani)!"

Expressing anguish over Mukesh's disregard to elders in the family, he said: "My respected elder brother has already
made it amply clear both within the family and externally that he does not visualise any further role for my respected mother in resolving this (gas supply dispute) or any other matter."

It was Kokilaben who oversaw the division of the Reliance empire in 2005, two years after the differences between the
two brothers became public.