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Delhi chief minister takes on Indian tycoon over gas pricing

Published on Feb 11, 2014 6:38 PM

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - Delhi's chief minister ordered criminal cases to be filed on Tuesday against India's richest man, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, and government policymakers for conniving to fix higher gas prices to boost profits.

Mr Arvind Kejriwal sent shockwaves through the Indian political system in December when his Aam Aadmi, or Common Man, Party (AAP) won the Delhi state election with promises to fight graft and the vested interests blighting the country.

Mr Kejriwal has long had Ambani in his sights, having accused him of buying government favour.

The case being brought against the tycoon relates to gas produced from the Reliance-operated D6 block on India's east coast. Mr Kejriwal said Mr Ambani's company had created an artificial shortage to "blackmail" the government to set higher prices.

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