Govt withdraws affidavit in RIL-RNRL case

Cross-examination was expected to be the flavour of the day during the RIL-RNRL case hearing at the Bombay High Court. But proceedings took a complete U-turn of sorts. The government has withdrawn its affidavit from RIL-RNRL case to ease the vacation of injunction and to protect the interest of consumers, reported CNBC-TV, quoting sources.
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Dec 12, 2008, 07.54 PM | Source: CNBC-TV18

Govt withdraws affidavit in RIL-RNRL case

Cross-examination was expected to be the flavour of the day during the RIL-RNRL case hearing at the Bombay High Court. But proceedings took a complete U-turn of sorts. The government has withdrawn its affidavit from RIL-RNRL case to ease the vacation of injunction and to protect the interest of consumers, reported CNBC-TV, quoting sources.

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Govt withdraws affidavit in RIL-RNRL case

Cross-examination was expected to be the flavour of the day during the RIL-RNRL case hearing at the Bombay High Court. But proceedings took a complete U-turn of sorts. The government has withdrawn its affidavit from RIL-RNRL case to ease the vacation of injunction and to protect the interest of consumers, reported CNBC-TV, quoting sources.

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Cross-examination was expected to be the flavour of the day during the R eliance Industries - Reliance Natural Resources case (RIL-RNRL) hearing at the Bombay High Court. But proceedings took a complete U-turn of sorts.

 

The government has withdrawn its affidavit from RIL-RNRL case to ease the vacation of injunction and to protect the interest of consumers, reported CNBC-TV18, quoting sources. Sources said the affidavit is being used to hijack the case.

On November 14, a Bench of the Bombay High Court adjourned the hearing in the RIL-RNRL case to November 27. On November 21, government counsel Mohan Parasaran told CNBC-TV18’s correspondent Ashwin Mohan that the court had positively directed all counsels to co-operate and finish the matter in two days, that is December 11 and 12.

Here is a verbatim transcript of Ashwin Mohan’s comments on CNBC-TV18. Also watch the accompanying video.

 

It was definitely a legal u-turn of sorts during legal proceedings at the Bombay High Court today because the much awaited cross-examination of Petroleum Ministry Under Secretary SM Sundaram did not materialise and there are no chances of it happening either. Government Counsel Mohan Parasaran made a clear-cut statement in court today that all government affidavits filed by the government would be withdrawn by him, thus putting an ultimate end to the cross-examination issue.

 

Parasaran said he will withdraw the affidavit to hasten the legal proceedings and to facilitate arguments based on law rather than policy.

 

Certain sources have informed that this withdrawal of affidavits is to facilitate the vacation of courting junction in the larger interest of the consumers.     

 

Mukul Rohatgi, RNRL Counsel, said, “Ultimately they must have thought that it would be better to get out of this situation and not create any further embarrassment.” He added, “According to me, it will end in January and then may be we can expect judgement in the month of February.   

 

Harish Salve, Counsel, RIL, said, “That is one art I have not perfected––the art of astrology.”

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