Mukesh Ambani’s points were in line with Supreme Court verdict
India's top court has given a unanimous verdict today on the Ambani gas row upholding the government’s right to determine gas-pricing. The Supreme Court had finally given a judgment on the gas-pricing dispute between the Ambani brothers that has raised concerns over the government policy on gas pricing for India’s upcoming energy based economy and rattled investors.
The verdict delivered by Judge Sathasivan and supported by all others with Reddy disagreeing only on one minor point. The case in the Supreme Court was heard by a three-judge bench. Two of the judges have delivered separate verdicts and majority opinion prevailed. This judgment is based on the basic fact the gas is a public good and belongs to the government and its people.
Mukesh Amabani’s point that he could not go against the government’s Production Sharing Contract has been re-iterated by the government. As an extension of the judgment Anil and Mukesh Ambani have been given six weeks to renegotiate the contract that forces RIL to sell gas to RNRL. The judge said that a government contract over-rides all private agreements and the memorandum of understanding between the two brohers signed in 2005 does not stand.
The Chief Justice has signed the verdict on the RIL RNRL gas row delivered by Justice Sathasivan. The verdict says that both brothers must sit down and re-negotiate the gas supply master agreement (GSMA) and then come back to the Court in 6 weeks. The verdict further said that gas is a national asset and belongs to the government till delivered to the consumer. The court said it will give its direction in 8 weeks.
The previous MoU has stood to be in contradiction with the government policy as well as the Production Sharing Contract. The re-negotiated agreement between RIL and RNRL will have to be reworked within the ambit of the government’s gad pricing policy. Further the judgment adds that the government regulation must dictate the renegotiation plan and RIL and RNRL should renegotiate under government rules.
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