Additional sessions judge Jagjit Singh has acquitted a factory owner booked under the Electricity Act (EA) for allegedly committing electricity theft.
On the complaint of SDO Manoj Grewal, Surinder Kumar of Ambala Cantt was booked and arrested under sections 135/151 of the EA and a fine of Rs 1,84,005 was also slapped on him.
In his complaint, the SDO had alleged that a vigilance team of electricity board inspected the premises of the accused on February 9, 2012, and he was found committing theft of electricity as the meter was working slow on all three phases and the seals on the meter were found in a doubtful condition.
The defence had argued that the accused was falsely implicated, adding that the meter which was checked by the officials was temporarily installed by the electricity officials since his earlier meter was taken away in an earlier checking.
It also argued that when the temporary meter was installed on October 18, 2003, it was not checked and no report had come on file about the condition of the meter on that day.
The defence said that information sought under the RTI revealed that the meter was not sent to the laboratory for testing.
While giving the accused the benefit of doubt, the court observed that the circumstances clearly showed that the prosecution from its evidence was unable to prove that the accused tempered with the meter or committed the theft.