Fatehabad, Sept 22 (UNI) The District Consumer Forum today restrained the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) from recovering a sum of Rs 8.64 lakh demanded as power arrears for use of excessive load from a rice mill owner.
Jai Bhole Shankar Rice Mills situated at Jakhal town in this district had complained before the forum that the nigam officials served him a notice on January 22 whereby he was asked to pay an amount of Rs 8.64 lakh for excessive load.
The nigam, in its reply, submitted that the consumer was billed on the basis of lesser load earlier but the internal audit team of the nigam detected the flaw and hence a fresh demand was made from the consumer.
The mill owner had already paid half of the demanded amount to save his connection being disconnected.
The forum president N C Nahata and members, Rajiv Mehta and Raj Bala Sheoran found the demand of the nigam as unjustified and directed it not to recover the same.
The forum also asked the nigam to return back the recovered money to the mill owner with simple interest of 9 per cent per annum.