Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister of Delhi again came up with something new this time. He ordered the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to file criminal cases against four reputed personalities of the nation that includes petroleum minister Veerappa Moily, his predecessor Murli Deora, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) head Mukesh Ambani and V.K Sibal, former director general of hydrocarbons regarding the hike in the price of natural gas.
The order to file FIRs against these four prominent people came after Kejriwal received a complaint of RIL making windfall gains from the KG Basin deal. In a press meet on Tuesday, February 11, Arvind Kejriwal said that he ordered to do so after four senior persons complained to Delhi government against Reliance on illegitimate gains with price rise. The chief minister said that RIL try to create artificial shortage to blackmail the government to set higher prices.
Congress reacted to such a charge on it and said that the party is not against it. Oil Minister Veerappa Moily who is an active Congress party member said that nothing has been done without expert advice. He added that if Kejriwal can give them more money then they will happily reduce the prices. Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken also said that congress party is not at all against any kind of inquiry but it is just that the probe should be influenced by any political rivalry.
Union government made it clear in last December that from April 2014 Reliance can double the prices of the gas that is produced from the D6 block off the eastern coast. On this Arvind Kejriwal opposed that he will write a letter to the Prime Minister to investigate the case and to keep the order of gas price hike in suspension until the investigation is over. He added that he will write letters to Prime Minister and also petroleum ministry to look into the matter and to take away the gas well from RIL that has been allotted to them by the government a year ago at the cost of less than one dollar.
Reliance reported that the production of gas faced a rough patch and declined in its output from D6 block off the eastern coast was from 2010. Reliance held geographical complexities to be responsible for such a downfall. But the oil regulators believe that less output was due to lack of good drilling of wells.
The Chief Secretary to the Delhi government opposed ACB to register FIRs against central ministers as it is against law and stated that they can only register a complaint against the ministers.
One after the other Kejriwal digs in new political issues that create controversy and spring up blasting news that tops the headlines. People today compare Kejriwal with Rakhi Sawant, the one who tops the list of controversy with every small issue instantly.