The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (ATE) imposed a penalty of Rs 1 lakh on the state power distribution company Mahavitaran for suppressing facts while arguing a petition before its two-member panel early this year.
ATE chairperson justice M Karpaga Vinayagam and technical member VJ Talwar passed the judgment on October 20 in New Delhi.
ATE is the apex body that settles disputes in the electricity sector.
This is not the first time that ATE has penalised Mahavitaran. In August this year, it had slapped Rs 1 lakh fine on the utility for not granting open access to Nagpur-based Indorama Synthetics Ltd despite an order by the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC).
In October last year, ATE had asked Mahavitaran to pay a penalty of Rs1 lakh for delayed payment to renewable power generators — Ms. Renewable Energy Association of Maharashtra.
This time, ATE punished Mahavitaran for not revealing that the cases related to open access were also being heard by the Bombay high court.
It called the company’s bluff while hearing its appeal that draft regulations for open access be squashed for lack of transparency on part of the MERC in declaring the (draft) regulations.
ATE expressed its displeasure over the unfair conduct of the utility and held it responsible for causing inconvenience to all other parties.
It dismissed the petition and imposed a penalty of Rs1 lakh to be paid to the MERC within four weeks from the date of the order.