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DCF rules in favour of power consumer

A FULL Bench of the District Consumer Forum (DCF) has said issuing an IDF (in form defective) bill to consumers whose meters are in order amounts to violation of norms by electricity department officials.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2006 10:23 IST

A FULL Bench of the District Consumer Forum (DCF) has said issuing an IDF (in form defective) bill to consumers whose meters are in order amounts to violation of norms by electricity department officials.

The Bench, including DCF chairman AH Ansari, made the remarks. They were hearing a petition filed by Central Bar Association general secretary Praveen Fighter, resident of Babupurwa Colony in Kidwai Nagar.

Fighter alleged his father had submitted an application for an electricity connection in February 2000. The connection was given, but no electric meter was installed.

Therefore, a case was filed vide 158/01. During the case, a meter was installed in the year 2001.

Later, the electricity department issued a bill for Rs 11, 523. This did not reflect the meter reading, alleged Fighter. Therefore, he filed a petition before the DCF that billing should be in accordance with the meter reading. He also demanded compensation of Rs 20,000. Replying to the petition, the electricity department alleged the complainant wanted to draw electricity, but was not interested in paying the bill according to the existing tariff.

Besides, the department alleged that the consumer had not paid charges for the electronic meter.

That was why installation of the meter was delayed, it added.

The department contended that there was no lapse by it.

The DCF remarked that the department had not followed service norms properly.

The DCF directed the electricity department to issue a bill on the basis of average existing tariff after installation of the meter.

In future, bills should be issued in accordance with the meter reading.

Seven-year RI awarded : Kanpur Dehat district judge Ashok Kumar Rastogi awarded seven years’ imprisonment to a man and imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on him for luring away a minor girl.

District government counsel Shambhu Nath Singh Yadav said Chhote alias Jhaboo, resident of Shivrajpur, lured away the 10-year-old daughter of Ramkishan of Shivrajpur from the local market by telling her that her mother, who worked in a rice mill nearby, was unwell.

Ten days later, the police rescued the girl from the clutches of Jagdish, the brother-in-law of the accused, in Bhaisau. However, the court acquitted Jagdish.

First Published: Jun 04, 2006 10:23 IST