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Electricity worth Rs9 crore stolen in Mumbai, man booked

The accused is a repeat offender against whom a case was registered in 2011

mumbai Updated: May 18, 2017 14:07 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
Jayprakash S Naidu
Hindustan Times
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According to officials, electricity theft was confirmed in the case of two meters, while a third meter is under investigation

In a raid conducted by the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport Undertaking (BEST) on Saturday night, a private company was caught for an alleged illegal use of electricity worth Rs9 crore. The electricity connection of the entire company has been disconnected.

According to officials, the owner of the company is a repeat offender against whom a case was registered in 2011. An FIR has been registered at Byculla police station under section 135 of the Electricity Act 2003 against the accused identified as Mikadar Ratlamwala, a Byculla resident. He is alleged to have tampered with the energy meters.

According to BEST, officials from their vigilance department, led by R J Singh, Chief Vigilance Officer (ES), conducted a late-night raid at the Bombay Tea Straining Manufacturing Company at Sitafalwadi, Mazgaon.

“Ratlamwala is a habitual offender and was caught in 2011 too for a sophisticated meter-tampering case.He was under discreet vigilance surveillance and was finally caught,” said an official from vigilance department.

According to officials, electricity theft was confirmed in the case of two meters, while a third meter is under investigation.

First Published: May 14, 2017 00:55 IST