In court

Published: Thursday 15 November 2007

reliance gas row: In an interim order, the Bombay High Court has ruled that Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) cannot be forced to sell gas from its eastern offshore KG-D6 fields to firms run by his brother Anil Ambani at "subsidized rates and incur loses." Delivering its verdict on gas supply row between RIL and Reliance Natural Resources Limited, the court asked the companies to decide on a new gas price within four months, since the government has rejected the rate of US $2.34 per million British thermal unit as agreed in the family demerger agreement. The companies have been fighting for nearly two years over the price and quantity of gas to be supplied. The court also upheld the government's right to decide on gas price, and said that the gas cannot be sold at sub-market price or undervalued.

No moth spray: A court has asked the state government of California, USA, not to use the pesticide pheromone as a fumigant to combat the light-brown apple moth. The verdict was in response to the recent aerial spray of pheromones by the California Department of Food and Agriculture in Monterey county to halt the moth's advance. Residents had complained of nausea, breathlessness and stomach pains following the spray. Spraying will be suspended until a hearing on pheromone's safety record is held.

japan dam plan rejected: The Supreme Court of Japan has turned down an appeal by the government against an Osaka High Court ruling that had declared a dam project illegal. The dam is being built in Shiga prefecture. Residents said the project is unnecessary and flawed, and had requested the government to reconsider it. However, the government rejected their request, following which they filed a lawsuit in the Osaka High Court. This is the second time a dam project has had to be cancelled in Japan due to a lawsuit.

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