BJP names CM, discoms in police complaint over tariff

BJP alleged that Dikshit was involved in a conspiracy to prevent the DERC from reducing the power tariff

Continuing their protest against Delhi's electricity tariff rates, the BJP on Saturday lodged a police complaint against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Power department officials, two members of the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) and the city's discoms.

The BJP also announced that starting Sunday, the party would launch a 14-day movement to create awareness on the issue.

In the complaint, the BJP has alleged that Dikshit was involved in a criminal conspiracy to prevent the DERC from reducing the power tariff to benefit Delhi's discoms. The complaint names the CM; two members of the DERC — S R Sethi and Shyam Wadhera; then secretary (Power) Rajinder Kumar; joint secretary (Power), S M Ali; Reliance Power CEO Jairam Prasad Chalsani; and top officials of the three power companies.

When comments were sought, a senior government functionary said they would have to scrutinise the complaint and the charges made before reacting.

Delhi BJP president Vijendra Gupta said, "We have provided proof of the connivance to the SHO of the I P Estate police station."

According to the complainant, Abhey Verma, the DERC was to fix the tariff for the year 2010-11 for the three discoms and reduce the reduce the power tariff. "The new reduced power tariff order was to be issued by the DERC Chairman on May 5, 2010. However, using section 108 of The Electricity Act, the government stalled DERC's move to reduce tariff by 23 per cent," Verma said.

The BJP complaint states that the Delhi government issued a communication to the DERC a day before the new tariff was to be announced. The complaint reads, "...the government directs under Section 108 of the Electricity Act, 2003, that the DERC will not issue the tariff order till the statutory advice given by the commission as asked for is thoroughly examined by the government, and the government gives a go-ahead for passing of tariff order."

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