AAP govt not entitled to lodge FIR, RIL tells HC
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that an FIR against it on the alleged irregularities in raising the price of gas from KG 6 basin, be quashed as the AAP government was "never entitled" to lodge an FIR against it.
Seeking that its petition against the FIR lodged by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Delhi government in 2014 be allowed, the company told Justice A K Chawla that the ACB did not have the jurisdiction to probe such matters.
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for RIL, also referred to the August 4, 2016 judgement of a division bench of the high hourt which had held that powers of the ACB were limited to probing graft cases in various departments under the administrative authority of the lieutenant governor (LG) and not extending to central government employees.
He submitted that the division bench verdict was in the company's favour and even the Supreme Court has not yet stayed the Delhi High Court's August 2016 decision.
The Delhi government's additional standing counsel Gautam Narayan told the court that they have already challenged the August 4, 2016 verdict has already been challenged in the Supreme Court.
He said the apex court has given the assurance that it would soon constitute a Constitution bench to decide its appeal challenging the high court verdict holding the LG as administrative head of the national capital territory.
Narayan submitted till that time the matter be adjourned.
The Delhi government's counsel also informed the court that "at present the probe in the matter has been stalled and nothing is happening".
It said no prejudice would be caused if RIL and the Centre's pleas against the FIR were kept pending till the apex court decided the case.
Taking note of the
submission, the court listed the matter for hearing on