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CAG audit: HC to hear discoms’ pleas on Sept 19

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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday adjourned to September 19 a batch of petitions, including appeals filed by three private power discoms, against the order of a single judge refusing to stay Delhi government’s decision to conduct CAG audit of their accounts.

Apart from the pleas filed by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL), Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group firms, BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd, the bench is also hearing a PIL filed by NGO United RWAs Joint Action, which has sought a CAG audit of discoms’ accounts.

The discoms have moved the larger bench of the court against its single judge’s order of January 24, which had refused to stall the CAG audit and had asked the discoms to “fully cooperate with the Comptroller and Auditor General in the audit process”.

On July 22, TPDDL had contended that the AAP had pre-decided to have CAG audit of private discoms and its government later violated statutory and Constitutional provisions to fulfil a poll promise.

In their pleas, the discoms have contended that Delhi government’s decision asking CAG to audit the power companies’ accounts is “patently” illegal on several counts.