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CBI orders preliminary probe against oil ministry’s dealings with private firms

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has ordered a preliminary enquiry into the hydrocarbon case after Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) draft report indicted the government for favouring private oil firms, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and Cairn India.The CBI was expected to call former secretaries of ministry of petroleum and natural gas, directors general of hydrocarbons (DGHs) and officials of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and RIL.The CBI has asked for all files relating to the blocks of the oilfields where exploration period was extended for RIL between January 2003 and December 2009. It has also asked for files relating to the ONGC blocks where exploration period was extended.The agency has sought files containing representations of RIL after it failed to meet drilling deadlines in 14 blocks. It would examine files of processing of oil rig by ONGC for 2007-2009.Documents relating to approval in grant of capital expenditure from $2.4 billion to $8.8 billion for RIL’s KG D-6 basin would also come up for scrutiny. The agency would also look at the vigilance inquiry instituted by the central vigilance commissioner against DGH V.K. Sibal.For more news on India, click here. For more news on Business, click here. For more news on Movies, click here. For more news on Sports, click here.last_img

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