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PIL questions 24x7 power supply to VIP districts

The Lucknow bench of the high court yesterday issued a notice to the state government seeking power supply details in the state by September 20, HT reports.

lucknow Updated: Sep 12, 2012 12:11 IST
HT Legal Correspondent
HT Legal Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The Lucknow bench of the high court on Tuesday issued a notice to the state government seeking power supply details in the state by September 20.

The issue came up before the court through a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Hindu Personal Law Board, which has questioned the 'policy' of 24-hour power supply to just six districts and massive power cuts in rest of the districts in the state.

The state has been reeling under massive power shortage. As against the demand of 11000 mw per day, the supply is around 8500 mw per day.

The bench, comprising chief justice Amitav Lala and justice Anil Kumar, also fixed September 24 for the next hearing of the case.

Appearing on behalf of the petitioner, advocate Ashok Pandey told the court that uninterrupted power supply to Rae Bareli, Amethi, Etawah, Mainpuri, Rampur and Kannauj was against the right of equality guaranteed in the Constitution.

He said rostering was being done in all other districts. Pandey told the court that these districts were being given 24X7 power supply because of their VIP status.

Appearing on behalf of UP Power Corporation senior counsel SK Kalia, while questioning the validity of the Hindu Personal Law Board, said that no details of the organisation was given by the petitioner hence the petition was liable to be dismissed.

Additional advocate general Bulbul Godiyal also opposed the petition.

While Rae Bareli and Amethi are parliamentary constituencies of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi respectively, Mainpuri and Kannauj are constituencies of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav, wife of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav respectively.

Etawah is hometown of Yadavs and senior cabinet minister Mohd Azam Khan belongs to Rampur. During Mayawati's regime too there were a few favoured districts.

First Published: Sep 12, 2012 12:08 IST