In an unprecedented protest, top state energy officials walked out of a public hearing conducted by the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) on Friday.
The officials resented when the commission did not allow Ajoy Mehta, managing director of state-owned power distribution company Mahavitaran, to challenge the allegations leveled by consumer representatives.
The hearing was about Mahavitaran's inability to follow MERC's directives on scheduled power cuts. Consumer representatives demanded that since the company had furnished incorrect information in an affidavit, MERC should punish concerned officials.
Mehta was denied permission to clarify after activist Pratap Hogade finished his presentation. Frustrated, Mehta left the meeting informing MERC Chairman V.P. Raja that two of his officials will be attending the hearing.
Energy Secretary and MD of state's generation firm, Subrat Ratho followed Mehta. Raja, terming the officials action as intentional insult to the commission, said, "Everyone should follow decorum."
MERC has scheduled the next hearing on August 16 in which it wants Mahavitaran to come out with facts. "I will check the information furnished by you," Raja told Mahavitaran officials.