The Ambani brothers have clashed repeatedly in the years since their father died and his wife divided up the family’s Reliance empire between them.
But the depth of their ill feeling can now be revealed after the news agency Press Trust of India reported that Anil is seeking damages worth $2 billion and has demanded an apology from elder brother Mukesh.
PTI said Anil made his claims last month in a 200-page defamation suit filed in the Bombay High Court, which is based on a New York Times article from June this year.
The article describes how the family made their fortune and includes several quotes from Mukesh.
Besides his brother, Anil has named the chairman and publisher of the New York Times and nine other defendants – mostly Indian newspaper editors and publishers.
Describing the article and the remarks attributed to his brother Mukesh as "malicious," Anil alleges that defendants were "part of a concerted conspiracy whose object is to damage" his reputation.
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