The Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company Limited (DGVCL) has slapped a Rs 2 lakh notice on former Congress MLA of Waghra in Bharuch on Friday and also disconnected power supply to his house for allegedly indulging in power-pilfering, a discom official said.
The DGVCL officials had cut off the power supply to the house of Ikbal Patel, former MLA of Waghra, and registered a case of power-pilfering against him with GUVNL police station in Surat. They had also slapped a notice seeking Rs 2 lakh from Patel for power-pilfering. However, Patel not only refuted the allegations of the discom officials but attributed it as political vendetta by the ruling BJP. The Congress leader said he had represented before the MD of DGVCL in this regard.
A couple of days ago, the DGVCL vigilance team along with polices carried out raids in Darol village and four other villages in Waghra taluka of Bharuch district. They checked 1,014 power connections and detected 69 power-pilfering cases and slapped penalty amount to the tune of Rs 17 lakh on 68 house owners. Among those who were caught in the power theft include Ikbal Patel who was using direct line from DP. When the vigilance team knocked the gate of Ikbal Patel, he did not open the door forcing them to videograph entire house and the meter box from outside the bungalow.
A heated altercation ensued between the police officials accompanying the DGVCL team and Ikbal Patel and his wife Rashida Patel. After this, the team returned without checking the meter box.
On Friday afternoon, Ikbal Patel received a notice of penalty amount worth Rs 2 lakh from the DGVCL office who had registered a case under section 135 of the Electricity Act.
Talking to The Sunday Express DGVCL security director Satish Sharma (IPS) said, “The customer Ikbal Patel did not allow the vigilance department officials to check the house or meter box, but it clearly indicated us that he was involved in power theft. So the case had been made and assessment penalty amount had been slapped on him. The power connection of his house had been disconnected. If he do not pay the amount then we will take action accordingly and if he pays the same then one-time warning will be given to him.”
Ikbal Patel said, “The raid at my house was carried out at the instance of BJP leaders, including Waghra MLA Arunsinh Rana. This is nothing but a political vendetta of BJP leaders who wanted to use it in the political campaign against me. I am not involved in the power theft.”
He further added, “I had a heated altercation with the policemen who misbehaved with me and my wife and I have already intimated the home secretary about this. The vigilance officials had not checked my meter box and how could they send assessment penalty notice of Rs 2 lakh. I have challenged the procedures adopted by DGVCL and had sent a letter to MD of DGVCL in Surat, on Saturday. Most probably they will call us and we will put our explanations to them in connection with the assessment bill.”