A new round of conflict started on Friday between the Ambani brothers, with the faction led by Mukesh alleging 'harassment' of its employees by Anil Ambani group company Reliance Communication at its headquarter - Dhirubhai Ambani Knowledge City, a charge denied by the other side.
RIL sources said that its employees were "harassed and were being denied access to cafeteria, temple and other facilities" and wondered as to why its employees should be subjected to such a treatment on "payment issues that are discussed at the management level".
When contacted, sources in the Reliance Communication (RCL) termed the allegations as "fictitious, distorted and malicious" and said that access to temple in DAKC has never been barred to anyone.
In its counter attack, RCL contended that RIL had defaulted in payments of nearly Rs 200 crore for use of facilities at DAKC for over a year inspite of several reminders.
Complaining of harassment for the last three days including denial of access to computers and software, RIL sources said that the treatment was against the "cooperation nature and the spirit that exist between the two".
In an e-mail to its employees, RIL, headed by Mukesh, said: "The turn of events is most unfortunate and unimaginable. But, as RIL staff, RIL management is confident that all of us to be resilient and do not react.
"I am sure, your erstwhile colleagues, friends and relatives working in Infocomm would also share sympathies," the e-mail by a top executive of RIL HR department said.