The Rs 80,000-crore worth Reliance Industries, with major interests in the country's energy, petrochemicals and communication sectors has been one of corporate India's foremost business houses. Founded by Dhirubhai Ambani, the reins of the country's largest private sector company went to his sons Mukesh and Anil after his death in July 2002. Considered a force to reckon with, Reliance Industries' image of a formidable business entity got a beating, as an internal crack seems imminent.
Group chairman Mukesh, Dhirubhai's elder son, has gone public about differences over control of RIL with younger brother Anil, who is also a member of the Rajya Sabha. In the absence of Dhirubhai's will, experts have not ruled out the brothers knocking the doors of law to resolve their internal crisis. Meanwhile, it is the investors and shareholders who need to be reassured that all's well even as the brothers fight for the control of the Reliance group.