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HC tells discoms to comply with order, cooperate in CAG audit

Soibam Rocky Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 24, 2014
First Published: 23:34 IST(24/3/2014) | Last Updated: 23:36 IST(24/3/2014)

The Delhi High Court on Monday ordered the three power discoms to comply with its earlier direction to “fully cooperate” with the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in the audit process.

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A bench of Acting Chief Justice BD Ahmed and Justice Sidharth Mridul passed the order after the CAG complained that the discoms — Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd, BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna — were refusing to cooperate.

“Nearly seven weeks have passed since the commencement of the audit but progress has been tardy due to the non-cooperative attitude of the discoms,” the CAG had said in an affidavit.

CAG said that of the 103 requisitions made, complete information has been received only in 26. “These pertain to capital expenditure, assets utilization, accounts, IT system, metering, billing and collection from consumers, tariff and regulatory matters, procurement and sale of power,” the CAG said adding that they were “vital” to the audit process.

The CAG, which has deployed around 25 officers for the audit, sought the HC’s direction to the discoms to accelerate submission of records and to provide the audit team access to their IT system. “Partial disclosure amounts to non-disclosure and may lead to erroneous conclusions,” the national auditor complained.

Listing the case for May 1 next, the bench said it will hear together all the cases connected to the issue, including the appeals of the discoms against the January 24 audit order and a PIL seeking CAG audit of their accounts.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led government had during its brief stint at power directed the CAG to look into the accounts of the three discoms from the time they were given the rights to distribute power in the city (2002).


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