RIL told to give details of ACB summons

RIL told to give details of ACB summonsNEW DELHI :The Delhi High Court has asked Reliance Industries Ltd to give details of the number of times its officials have appeared before the Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Branch, which is investigating the company and others for alleged irregularities in raising the price of gas from the KG-6 basin.

The court also asked the Delhi government to submit an affidavit justifying the reasons for calling the company officials and also the number of times they have been summoned.

The court’s direction to the Delhi government and Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) came after the company’s lawyer alleged that the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) has been summoning its top officials merely few days before the court hearing, to harass them.

He also alleged that they were just being made to sit and nothing was being asked to them.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher asked RIL to file its affidavit giving details like how many times its officials were called, how many times they appeared, what they were asked and which documents were sought by the probe agency.

The high court was hearing a plea by RIL seeking a stay on the probe on the ground that the ACB had issued summons to its three senior officials even though the agency did not do anything since 2015. PTI