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CBI seeks Attorney General's opinion on RIL’s KG Basin cost

According to sources, the CBI has completed its inquiry into the alleged conspiracy in allowing RIL to raise cost of developing the KG-D6 field to $8.8 billion in 2006 from $2.39 billion proposed in 2004

New Delhi: The Central Bureay of Investigation (CBI) has sought opiion of the Attorney General on registering a case in the alleged artificial cost inflation by Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) for the development of eastern offshore KG-D6 fields, reports PTI.

The CBI, sources said, has completed its inquiry into the alleged conspiracy in allowing RIL to raise cost of developing the KG-D6 field from $2.39 billion proposed in 2004 to $8.8 billion in 2006.

Controversial technocrat VK Sibal was the head of Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) which gave RIL approvals for raising the cost on the plea that gas reserves as well as cost of services have gone up.

Operators like RIL are allowed to recover all their cost before sharing profits with the government. Higher capital cost directly impacts the government's revenue.

The CBI registered a preliminary enquiry into the case in November 2009 on request of the Oil Ministry following several objections raised by Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on the KG-D6 deal.

CBI sources said that probe has been completed in connection with the case and the matter has been referred to the Attorney General seeking legal opinion in the matter.

During its probe, the agency had taken the ministry's assistance to understand the arguments offered by Reliance when it raised the cost of developing Dhirubhai 1 and 3 gas fields in the KG-D6 block from $2.39 billion proposed in 2004 to $5.196 billion in Phase-1 and another $3.3 billion in Phase-II.

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