New Delhi: In an unprecedented move which will go a long way in curbing the menace of power theft in the national capital and send a strong deterrent message to all power thieves, the additional sessions judge VK Goel of the Electricity Court at Rohini, Delhi, in North Delhi Power's (NDPL's) distribution network sent four power thieves to jail and also denied them bail till 100 per cent penalty amount levied on them for the offence is paid.
Two separate FIRs were registered at Maurya Enclave police station against the accused Mr Yashpal and Mr Nanhe Lal, and at Adarsh Nagar police station against the accused Mr Pale and Mr Ravi after they were booked for theft of electricity by NDPL. The accused were sent to judicial custody and subsequently produced before the court where the judge observed that the theft of electricity is a serious offence and merely paying half the penalty amount does not mitigate the nature of offence and denied them bail.
The court has directed all four accused to pay 100 per cent amount levied on them for the theft of electricity and only then bail will be granted to them. In case of Mr Pale and Mr Ravi, they can deposit 40 per cent of the total amount of Rs32,318 by June 20, 2011, and remaining in the next 20 days and in the case of Mr Yashpal and Mr Nanhe Lal, the court has directed them to pay the full amount of Rs151,110 to secure bail.
Said an NDPL spokesperson, “We welcome the order by the electricity court and hope that such stringent judicial and police action against power thieves will act as a deterrent and also send a strong message to that section of the society which indulges in stealing electricity.”