DHBVN reintroduces 'Out of Court Settlement' scheme

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Chandigarh, Jun 25 (UNI) In order to avoid prolonged litigation and to settle long pending court cases, the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has decided to reintroduce the 'Out of Court Settlement' scheme with immediate effect.

A Nigam spokesman today said the scheme would remain in operation till July 31 and would be available for settlement of all cases pending in courts, District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, State Commission and Arbitration as on August 31, 2008.

The cases in which the penalty had been levied by the DHBVN would be settled out of court under this scheme. However, the scheme would not be available in the cases relating to theft of electricity.

For settling a case out of court, the consumer or applicant would have to pay a reduced amount of 50 per cent of the amount initially assessed along with simple interest of 15 per cent per annum on the unpaid amount of the reduced amount, he added.

The scheme would also be applicable to the cases, where the dispute was on account of applicability of multiplying factor wherein the amount calculated as per multiplying factor would be charged along with simple interest of 15 per cent instead of surcharge.

In cases where unauthorised load detected results in change of category from Low Tension to High Tension industrial, LT surcharge at the prescribed rate of 25 per cent of Sale of Power (SOP) would be payable in addition to the amount charged for out of courts settlement.

If the court cases had arisen on account of surcharge levied and principal amount had already been paid, the matter would be settled under the scheme by levying simple interest of 15 per cent per annum from the date of charging the amount till the date of payment of principal amount.

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