Vijay Mallya warns against 'witch hunt' hours after Arvind Kejriwal targets Mukesh Ambani

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 12 2014, 01:23am hrs
Arvind Kejriwal'I think Mr Arvind Kejriwal is pursuing unconventional methods to achieve his objectives'
Arvind Kejriwal was pursuing "unconventional methods" to attain his objectives, said UB group chairman Vijay Mallya today, after Delhi Chief Minister had ordered for FIR to be registered against Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, but sent a clear warning that that there should be no "witch-hunt" against industrialists.

Vijay Mallya, a Rajya Sabha MP, said in view of the forthcoming general elections, some political parties have stepped up trading accusations, which should be taken with a pinch of salt.

"I think Mr Arvind Kejriwal is pursuing unconventional methods to achieve his objectives. Industry must be respected as it contributes to economic growth... it should be treated with dignity and respect. If Reliance Industries (RIL) or any other company has done (something) that should not be done, there is a due process of law. But clearly I would not support any witch-hunt," he said outside Parliament.

The liquor baron was asked to comment on the Delhi Chief Minister's decision to file FIRs against Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily and Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Amabani for alleged irregularities in the KG basin issue.

Asked whether complaints against the industrialists should not be investigated, Vijay Mallya said "due process" should be followed in case of any wrongdoing.

Earlier in the day, without explaining whether the Delhi government has the jurisdiction to probe the case, Arvind Kejriwal alleged that Reliance Industries Ltd has benefited as the Oil Ministry decided to hike the natural gas price to USD 8 per million British thermal unit as against current USD 4.2 from April 1.

Arvind Kejriwal alleged that Reliance Industries did not produce adequate gas from the eastern offshore KG basin block so as to put pressure on the government to hike the price.