Delhi Lt Guv Jung previously worked with RIL?

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New Delhi, Feb 13: What connects Delhi lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung and Mukesh Ambani?

When he was joint secretary (exploration) in the union ministry of petroleum and natural gas, Jung was part of the team that approved the privatisation of the Panna-Mukta oil fields, which were leased in February 1994 to a Reliance-led consortium. Apparently, Jung's previous association with RIL has miffed the chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, says a Hindustan Times report.

Kejriwal, on Tuesday, had declared a legal war against the RIL. He has ordered the state government's anti-corruption bureau to file FIRs against Reliance Industries and several union ministers for manipulating the price of natural gas from the Krishna-Godavari Basin. Reliance has rejected the allegations, which they described as 'shocking'.

Jung was part of the government team which helped the oil fields privatisation


The Panna oil fields were originally discovered by ONGC. Jung was part of the government team which helped the privatisation process. Although, a CBI case had been registered to probe the privatisation of the oil fields, the probe was terminated abruptly as the case diaries of the investigating CBI officer, Y P Singh, had been "lost."

After the privatisation issue snowballed into a controversy, Jung resigned from the IAS. After that he worked with Asian Development Bank and later, joined Reliance Global Management Services Ltd in London to look after its European operations.

According to sources, between February 2005 and December 2006, Jung also served as "advisor to the chairman" of the Reliance-funded think tank Observer Research Foundation in an "honorary capacity", says the HT report.

Interestingly, none of these information has been mentioned in his biography posted on the lieutenant governor's official website.

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