The Hon’ble Supreme Court pronounced a recent judgment on 25 June 2013 wherein it has provided relief to those who are facing Power theft cases. The Supreme Court declared that in any pending case related to the power theft, such consumer’s electricity supply cannot be disconnected. Justice AK Patnaik while heading the Vacation bench ordered the BSES to restore Power supply within 48 hours at the premises of the concerned consumer /aggrieved who is a resident at Vasant kunj, New Delhi. The court said that it was the duty of the Power company to supply electricity to all owners in all premises.
On the issue, of the power company’s refusal to grant a meter connection in the name of the consumer, as the consumer was not the owner of the premises, but was facing such a situation from 2010 and whose power was disconnected, the court clarified that power should be restored in the new consumer’s name, event if the original consumer did not want the connection subject to formalities and payment by the New consumer.
The Supreme Court further stated that “If a landlord does not pay up, the tenant has to be given power connection. We don’t want any dispute to come in the way of supply of electricity”. The court observed that-section 43 of the electricity Act obliges a power company to supply electricity to an owner or an occupier on request.