Three fined Rs 37 lakh for theft of electricity

Three people, including a landlord and a tenant in south Delhi’s Tughlakabad and a factory owner in east Delhi’s Kalyanpuri, have been convicted of power theft by a special court. 

Two of them were jailed for three years, and the third for a year. Between them, they will pay fines totalling Rs 37 lakh.

The Special Court of Electricity, Saket, convicted both the landlord, Keshav Dev, and his tenant  Mukhtar for stealing over 27 KW of electricity for commercial purposes in Tughlakabad and sentenced them to three years of Imprisonment each under section 135 and 150 of Electricity Act, 2003. A fine of Rs 25 lakh was also imposed on them, said BSES.

In another case, Mukesh Kumar, a resident of Kalyanpuri, was sentenced by the special court at Karkardooma to one-year imprisonment and fined Rs 12.7 lakh.

According to BSES, Additional Sessions Judge, Special Court of Electricity, Saket, Rakesh Tiwari, said, “I am of the opinion that this is an economic offence wherein the society as a whole is the victim and the honest payer of electricity charges are the sufferers on account of the proved conduct of the convict.”

“Such convicts are getting unearned benefit at the cost of others and they deserve no leniency,” the judge said.

The BSES said that power theft in Tughlakabad was taking place through a fake meter since December 2011. The accused was billed Rs 11 lakh, but he refused to pay within the stipulated time and opted to go to court.

In 2007, Mukesh Kumar was caught stealing over 16 KW of electricity for industrial purposes, it added. A penalty of Rs 15.96 lakh was imposed, but he paid only Rs 1 lakh, BSES said.

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