No Gas supplied to Baalu firms: Govt

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New Delhi, Apr 30 (UNI) The Government today clarified that it had not supplied ''a single cubic metre of gas'' to the companies recommended by Shipping and Transport Minister T R Baalu and said the matter is sub-judice.

Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora, who could not read out the statement in the Rajya Sabha because of disruption by the Opposition demanding a statement by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh instead, in a written statement said the Prime Minister's Office had not issued any order or any instructions to help-- M/s Kings India Power Corporation.

''Certain references were received from the Prime Minister's Office in a routine manner without any recommendation on the basis of a representation made by Mr Selvakumar Baalu, Director of the Company,'' he added.

He said an independent Power Producers' Association and other have filed a writ petition in 2007 in the Delhi High Court on allocation of gas and a stay order was issued.

The Petroleum Minister said a discussion was held in the PMO to ascertain the status of a petition, alleging gross injustice and discrimination received in the PMO in May 2005.

However, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry did not grant any relief to petitioner, T R B Rajaa, Chairman of Kings India Power Corporation, he added.

The petitioner had then moved the Madras High Court, the Minister said.

''Mr Baalu met me and briefed about the great injustice done to the workers and investors,'' he added.

The orders of re-allotment by the single judge of the Madras High Court were not implemented and contempt petition was filed.

Meanwhile, another writ was filed by tamil Nadu Power Producers Association and Narimanam Zone Natural gas in the Madras High court which set aside the single judge order.

The Government was directed to decide upon the applications of the firms on merit.

He said all allocations to M/S Kings India Chemicals Corporation and M/S Kings India power Corporation were cancelled by the previous NDA government.

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