Govt orders CAG audit of discoms

Jan 02 2014, 05:39 IST
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SummaryPower companies decline comment, say matter is sub judice, chief minister rejects their contention.

Initiating a CAG audit of the finances of the three private power distributors in the capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the Lieutenant Governor has given the go-ahead for carrying out the audit.

The decision comes after Kejriwal rejected the contention of the discoms that the matter was sub judice.

On Tuesday, Kejriwal had given the discoms 24 hours to give their views on why there should not be a CAG audit of their accounts.

The three private power distribution companies — BSES Yamuna Power Ltd, BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd — filed their response on Wednesday, maintaining that a CAG audit was “sub judice as a case in this regard was pending in the the Delhi High Court”.

However, after a meeting of the Cabinet, Kejriwal said, “The

L-G has given audit orders and the CAG has agreed to carry out the audit.’’ He said the audit will begin on Thursday. Sources in the

L-G’s office confirmed that the orders have been passed.

“The responses of the power companies were scrutinised by the power department. But there is no sufficient reason as to why they should not be audited. The matter is in the High Court and proceedings are on. No stay has been granted on carrying out an audit. Even now the proceedings will continue,’’ Kejriwal said.

Asked how long the audit would take, Kejriwal said the CAG had not given any time frame, but the government had requested that the audit be completed within three months. “It will depend on the cooperation shown by companies and will only become clear once it starts,’’ he said.

Kejriwal also took a dig at Sheila Dikshit’s three-time government. “What the previous government could not do in four years, we have done in four days,” he said.

Spokesperson for Anil Ambani-owned BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna refused to comment on the matter. A spokesperson for Tata-owned TP-DDL said, “The matter is sub judice. The next date of hearing is January 22. We are awaiting the court’s order in the matter.”

In their response to the Delhi government, discoms referred to the 1971 CAG Act. They reasoned that the duties and powers of the national auditor are laid down with respect to audit of accounts of Union and state-owned government companies or corporations.

When Delhi’s power sector was privatised in 2002, the government retained 49 per cent stake in the discoms, while

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