Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday revealed that case have been filed by the Delhi Anti-Corruption Bureau against two UPA Ministers -- Murli Deora and M.Veerappa Moily -- and Reliance Industries Chairperson Mukesh Ambani for allegedly conspiring to inflate gas prices in the Delhi/National Capital Region.
Kejriwal said ACB officials filed the cases on the basis of a complaint lodged against Reliance Industries.
"According to the complaint, Reliance was allotted a few gas wells by the state. When a contract was signed in early 2000 between the state and Reliance, it was a 17 year contract, where they had agreed to provide gas at three dollars per unit, but later they increased it to four dollars per unit after conspiring with a few ministers," said Kejriwal.
"They extracted less gas on purpose so that they could blackmail the government. Therefore, where they were supposed to produce 80 percent gas, they generated only 18 percent, leading to an artificial shortage in the country, which later led to gas import, and hence, to a price rise," he said.
"Later, with the help of a few ministers, they passed an order that from April 2014, the price of gas will be doubled to eight dollars per unit. They fixed the rate of gas according to international prices rather than according to the cost of production, as they needed a way to increase the rate," he added.
He further said that if the prices of gas were doubled, it would lead to the destabilization of the economy.
"Reliance Partner Niko is providing gas from the same resource to Bangladesh at 2.34 dollars, whereas in our own country, we are being asked to pay eight dollars for the same," Kejriwal said.
"If the prices of the gas are increased further, CNG will become expensive, which will lead to an increase in transport rates. It will affect all sectors and will lead to economic destabilization," he said.
"I will also write a letter to the prime minster and Moily and would request them to suspend the orders on increase in gas prices till the investigation is on," said Kejriwal.
"I will also request all ministries to cooperate in the investigation. I would like to request the state to hand over these wells to state owned entities if Reliance is not being producing the required amount of gas," he added.