A Hissar court on Monday sentences one year’s simple imprisonment along with a fine Rs 5000 for power theft.
Hissar’s Additional Sessions Judge Chander Shekhar sentenced Dharambur of Hansi to one year’s jail term and imposed a fine Rs 5,000, failing which he will have to further undergo simple imprisonment for a period of one month.
Dharambir was caught by Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, alleging that Dharambir was caught abstracting electricity from low tension power supply line by hooking the system directly due to which the Nigam suffered a loss of Rs 63,673, including the compounding charges.
The court observed that “the tendency of committing theft of electricity is increasing day by day and has assumed alarming proportions. Some of the electricity boards are under huge debts primarily due to theft of electricity. The aggravating circumstance is that such offences should not be dealt with leniency as menace of such offences is increasing day by day.”
Meanwhile, a DHBVN spokesman said that four persons, involved in theft of electricity, including two at Narnaul and one each at Bhiwani and Hisar had also been awarded punishment by the special courts in recent past.
“DHBVN and UHBVN had intensified the campaign against theft of electricity and to ensure transparency, complaints of theft of electricity are being lodged online in the specially constituted Electricity and Water Police Stations. The online lodging of complaints helps ensure timely registration of FIRs,” he said, adding that according a recent order of the Supreme Court, the applications and appeals in regard with the electricity theft cases should be entertained in the special designated courts or high courts and not in civil courts or consumer forums.