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Delhi discoms meet Power Ministry officials, say audit sub-judice

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Jan 01, 2014 at 05:54pm IST

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New Delhi: The power distribution companies in Delhi met Power Ministry officials on Wednesday and expressed their opposition to Arvind Kejriwal government's move to seek an audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

The power distribution companies reiterated that the matter of auditing was sub-judice. "Since, the matter is sub-judice, we cannot comment on it. It has been heard in the court, let the court take a call on this", said TATA Power CEO, Pravir Sinha.

The power companies also made it clear to the Delhi government that the decision to audit should not be an isolated one. Sinha, however, added, "We will follow the law of the land. Cut is in the interest of the people, since it has been implemented we will go ahead with the tariff cut."

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday had announced that Comptroller and Auditor General was willing to audit power distribution companies in Delhi.

However, sources in power companies have maintained that the CAG did not have the mandate to conduct such an audit.

The AAP has said an audit of the discoms will reveal unfair profits which could be ploughed back.

On Tuesday the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi had announced a cut in electricity tariff by a massive 50 per cent.

Meanwhile, the trust vote for the minority AAP government to prove its numbers will take place on Tuesday.

In the 70-member Assembly AAP has 28 MLAs and has got the outside support of eight Congress legislators and one belonging to the Janata Dal United. The BJP with 31 MLAs is the single largest party in the Assembly while its ally Shiromani Akali Dal has one MLA and one is an Independent.

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