Rana Gurjit pressuring PSPCL to withdraw plea against his power company, says Sukhpal Khaira
The MLA alleged that Rana Gurjit’s company violated the agreement and approached the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) in 2010 seeking re-determination of tariff for supply of power to PSPCL.punjab Updated: Jul 15, 2017 20:47 IST
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Saturday alleged that power minister Rana Gurjit Singh is misusing his official position and pressuring Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) to withdraw a civil plea filed against his company Rana Sugars Ltd in the Supreme Court.
Khaira, while addressing a press conference here, said Rana Gurjit’s company had set up a 12-MW capacity co-generation power plant in 2001 to supply 10.2 MW power to PSPCL for 20 years at a base rate of Rs 3.01 with an annual escalation clause of 5% up to financial year 2004-05. Thereafter no escalation was permitted, as per the agreement. The power purchase agreement (PPA) was signed on May 4, 2005.
The MLA alleged that Rana Gurjit’s company violated the agreement and approached the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) in 2010 seeking re-determination of tariff for supply of power to PSPCL.
The PSERC rejected the petition in 2013 and thereafter the company approached the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, New Delhi, challenging the order.
In 2014, the Appellate Tribunal allowed the appeal and forwarded the matter back to PSERC for reconsideration and to re-determine the tariff after duly considering the actual fuel cost of bio mass, said Khaira, while showing copies of official documents to support his claim.
The MLA said that in 2015, the PSPCL filed an appeal against the judgment of Appellate Tribunal in the Supreme Court under the Electricity Act, which is now set for hearing on September 8.
“Interestingly, Rana, who as power minister is controlling PSPCL, is now misusing his official position and pressuring PSPCL to either withdraw the petition from the Supreme Court, or accept the judgment of the Appellate Tribunal of Electricity passed in favour of his company,” charged Khaira.
He said it’s a clear cut case of conflict of interest. “It has now become amply clear why (CM) Captain Amarinder Singh has backtracked from bringing the ‘conflict of interest’ law as he knows that his blue-eyed Rana would become the first victim of this law.”
MINISTER RUBBISHES CHARGES
Meanwhile, Rana Gurjit dismissed Khaira’s charges and said the AAP leader is a failed and frustrated man, who is too desperate to stay in limelight.
In a statement, Rana said like any other citizen of the country, he too has every right to seek legal recourse and remedy.
He said the case Khaira has been referring to is five-year old and due process of law is being followed.
“Khaira, instead of jumping the gun in his desperate bid to seek publicity, should have waited for the Supreme Court judgment in the matter,” he observed.
The minister said he was not surprised over Khaira’s charges since he is desperate to become the leader of the AAP legislature party in Punjab. “I really wonder whether he does anything else other than trying to find faults in whatever I and my family do.”