STEALING POWER

 
Published: Sunday 31 May 1998

The Supreme Court has ordered a high powered panel to probe charges of corruption against the the Uttar Pradesh State Electricity Board chairperson for power theft and swindling. Electricity theft, leading to bungling of over Rs 750 crore and a dubious coal purchase deal involving Rs 123 crore are the major charges to be probed by the panel. Power theft by industrial, residential and commercial consumers were allegedly appropiated to rural subscribers who were offered uninterupted power supply, according to the petition.

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