HC lashes at discoms and asks police to quash FIR

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New Delhi, Sep 25 (UNI) Delhi High Court today quashed a FIR against an industrial unit as it was granted rebate under the Delhi Government's Amnesty scheme and directed the Delhi Power Co Ltd (DPCL) a Government holding discom regulatory company not to interfere in the matter.

Justice Rekha Sharma directed the owner of the Industrial unit Mahesh Chopra to deposit Rs 5.40 lakhs as decided by the Permanant Lok Adalat on May 2008 and directed the police to quash the FIR which was lodged by Delhi Vidyut Board(DVB)against him in 1998 for power theft.

Fanish Jain lawyer for Mr Chopra said that the DVB had lodged a power theft case against his client who has an Industrial unit in Burari (North Delhi) in 1998 and demanded Rs 10.79 from him against which they had approached the court.

Meanwhile Delhi Government came out with an amnesty scheme and offered all those who had outstandings, to pay 50 per cent of the demand raised by DVB. Chopra had also filed the case in the amnesty scheme and got a 50 per cent waiver and was asked to pay Rs 5.40 lakhs.

Mr Jain said that DPCL had wrote a letter to NDPL stating that only those matters can be granted amnesty which were booked prior to 2002 (when the DVB was privatised).

The Court directed DBCL to not to come in way of the Lok Adalat's order and settle the matter with Delhi Govt on its own and directed to quash the complaint against the industry.

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