BSES filed fake papers in court, says regulator
The capital’s biggest power distributor, Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group’s BSES, has been accused of submitting fake documents to a court as evidence to bail itself out of an alleged scam involving Rs 950 crore, reports Avishek G Dastidar.delhi Updated: Nov 19, 2008 00:53 IST
The capital’s biggest power distributor, Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group’s BSES, has been accused of submitting fake documents to a court as evidence to bail itself out of an alleged scam involving Rs 950 crore.
In an affidavit submitted to the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity on Tuesday, power regulator Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) said the fresh documentary evidence submitted by BSES — such as quotations from various companies and proof of the additional work done as part of the deal involving the purchase of transformers — was doctored and fake.
If the charges are established, BSES will face punishment for committing perjury.
BSES said the DERC’s affidavit was “malicious”. “It is absurd,” said a BSES official. “The tribunal will decide on the matter.”
The matter goes back to 2004 when the discom had bought transformers from Reliance Energy Limited (REL) and given a bill of Rs 950 crore to the government under capital expenditure.
When the DERC ran a customary scan through the deal, it found that BSES had inflated the bill by about 68 per cent. Also, BSES had bought the equipment from its sister company, REL, allegedly without any competitive bidding.
The matter reached the appellate tribunal after BSES said it would pass on the burden to the consumer, by increasing the cost of power, if the bill was not settled.
The Hindustan Times broke the story earlier this year.
Among the fresh evidence, which the DERC says is fake, are quotation letters from three companies (including REL) to show that the work was awarded after a fair and competitive bidding. Letters showing that additional work was awarded to REL have also been submitted to justify the increase of 68 per cent over the actual cost of transformers.
The 14-page DERC affidavit, however, goes in detail to explain that the documents are “not genuine” and full of “insertions” which establish that “they are not genuine”.
“There is a mismatch between the original tender papers and the papers submitted now,” said a power department official.