You Need To Do More: HC To Delhi Police On Curbing Power Theft
While hearing a plea on discoms shifting the burden of power theft on the customers by raising tarrif, the Delhi High Court, on December 7, observed that the police needed to do much more to deter people from resorting to the theft, even though it was taking action in such cases.
"Maybe you need to lodge more FIRs. Maybe you need to do more," a Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL). The HC directed the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC), the power distribution company (discom) BSES Rajdhani and the Delhi Police to take steps to prevent power theft.
The HC's observation came after the police, represented by Delhi government additional standing counsel Gautam Narayan, said it had been lodging first information reports (FIRs) on complaints of power theft and had arrested several persons in course of its investigation.
The police, in a status report, had said that till September 30 this year, it received 3,853 complaints of power theft from the discom and lodged 2,897 cases on that basis.
The police claimed to have arrested 461 persons.
It has also said that it would not be feasible to set up a separate police station to deal with such matters "due to operational and administrative reasons". However, all its personnel were sensitised to deal with the cases of electricity theft.
The petitioner, Raman Suri, in his plea has alleged that the discoms shift the burden of electricity thefts to the genuine customers by raising their tariff.
With inputs from Housing News