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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, July 14, 2011.
Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries has said the CAG has not found any false inflation of its KG-D6 gas field costs or any dishonesty in developing the gas fields. File photo - The Hindu.
Reliance Industries has said the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India has not found any false inflation of its KG-D6 gas field costs or any dishonesty in developing the nation’s largest gas fields.
Replying to the draft audit report of the CAG, which accused it of being a beneficiary of undue favours from the Oil Ministry and its technical arm, the DGH, Reliance said, “Corporate rivalry motivated a few people with vested interests to indulge in a vicious smear campaign.”
Without naming anyone, it said “baseless insinuations were made through public advertisements questioning the increase in cost estimates” from $2.4 billion proposed in 2004 to $8.8 billion in 2006 due to a 250 per cent jump in the cost of services between the period of initial assessment and the actual commencement of field development.
The CAG, in its draft report, had said the increase in field cost would mean a lower profit take for the government.
“There is no finding or observation in the CAG’s draft audit report that Reliance has falsely inflated its contract cost or that it has dishonestly colluded with any of its suppliers to have them inflate the cost of the goods and services supplied by them,” Reliance said.
After an extensive and detailed audit process, in which eight CAG representatives spent some six months on Reliance premises, “CAG does not state that any evidence exists to support any case that the contract cost has been dishonestly inflated.”
In its voluminous 250-page reply, the Mukesh Ambani firm asked the CAG to state in “clear terms” in the final report that the contract cost has not been dishonestly inflated.
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