FIR Filed by Arvind Kejriwal Over Gas Hike Can’t be Withdrawn

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  • Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran says FIR filed by Arvind Kejriwal government of Delhi over gas price hike can’t be withdrawn.
  • Centre has been given 3 options to deal with the FIR:
    • File suit in Supreme Court against Delhi govt under Article 31 of Constitution.
    • Move SC seeking quashing of FIR on ground those fundamental rights of persons named as accused has been curtailed.
    • Appeal for remedy in Delhi High Court as per section 482 of Criminal Procedure Code.
  • According to SG, Delhi govt FIR on Central govt policy decisions likely to set a bad example on ground that how authority of State police can apply on Centre.
  • Delhi govt FIR is against former and present ministers M. Veerappa Moily and Murli Deora.
  • Former Director-General of Hydrocarbons, V.K. Sibal; Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, and others have also been named in FIR.
  • FIR was filed on the basis of February 10 complaint by former Cabinet Secretary T.S.R. Subramanian.
  • FIR is over alleged corruption in the increase in gas price in 2007 to $4.2 per mmbtu in favour of Reliance.
  • According to SG, only CBI is appropriate authority to investigate the allegation against Centre.
  • Centre is not expected to advise Lt Governor to term FIR as non-est, doing so may complicate matter.

Exams Perspective:

  1. Article 31
  2. First Information Report (FIR)
  3. CBI
  4. Fundamental Rights