Reliance Industries agrees to CAG scrutiny
RIL, however, says contractually there was no scope for CAG doing a performance audit and the scrutiny should be strictly a financial audit as has been promised by the Oil Ministry.
RIL President and COO (Business) B Ganguly on July 16 wrote to the Oil Ministry saying the company "was agreeable for audit of Block KG-DWN-98/3 (KG-D6) by the CAG as per Section 1.9 of the Accounting Procedure to the Production Sharing Contract."
"As agreed by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, it will be a financial audit and conducted in compliance with various sub-sections of Section 1.9 and it will not be a performance audit," he added.
The company agreed to cooperate in the audit even if the exercise is conducted after a lapse of two years. The Production Sharing Contract (PSC) provides for audit within
two year of the period being scrutinised and only under exceptional circumstances can it be done even after lapse of the mandated period.
RIL, he said, did not agree with the reasons given by the ministry as constituting exceptional circumstances for audit of time barred years but "as a gesture of cooperation" it has agreed to CAG doing the audit of spendings during 2008-09 to
2011-12 as an exception.
The firm had previously stated that CAG cannot do a audit of time-barred periods and
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