5 convicted of power theft, fined Rs 1.3 crore, sent to jail

Oct 08 2013, 01:33 IST
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SummaryCumulatively, they have been fined around Rs 1.30 crore,” a statement by BSES said.

Five persons, including three industrialists and the landlady of a tailoring unit, have been fined a total of Rs 1.3 crore and handed jail terms for electricity theft.

“In separate cases, three industrialists — one in East Delhi and two in West Delhi, the owner of a tailoring unit and his landlady in South Delhi have been convicted of power theft by the Special Courts of Electricity in East, West and South Delhi, respectively. Cumulatively, they have been fined around Rs 1.30 crore,” a statement by BSES said.

While the East Delhi industrialist has been fined Rs 1.09 crore and awarded rigorous imprisonment for three years, the owner of the South Delhi-based tailoring unit and his landlady have been fined Rs 4.6 lakh and sentenced to one year’s rigorous imprisonment.

Mukesh Gupta, who has a wire factory in Gokulpuri in East Delhi, was found stealing over 102 KW of electricity during an inspection by the enforcement team of BSES Yamuna Power Limited in 2006.

“An electricity meter was found installed on the premises, but Gupta was stealing electricity for industrial purposes by tapping into the nearby BSES LV mains. A fine was imposed on him. When he failed to pay the fine within the stipulated time, a case was filed,” a BSES spokesperson said.

The enforcement team of BSES Rajdhani Power Limited had found the fabrication unit of industrialists Ramesh Chand Mudgil and Allimuddin in Om Vihar in Uttam Nagar running on stolen electricity in 2008.

“It was being run on 16.6 KW of stolen electricity by bypassing the electricity meter,” a BSES official said.

The two industrialists have been fined around Rs 16 lakh and have been sentenced to six months’ simple imprisonment if they fail to pay the penalty, the statement said.

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