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Plea in HC over 50% waiver on power bills

On Friday, Sharma mentioned the matter before the High Court Bench of Justice B D Ahmad and Justice Siddharth Mridul, seeking an early hearing on the issue.

New Delhi |
February 15, 2014 2:51:07 am

Even as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tendered his resignation, a PIL to quash the AAP government’s decision to allow a 50 per cent waiver on pending electricity bills was moved in the Delhi High Court.

Calling the decision “violative of Article 14 of the Constitution”, the PIL filed by the honorary vice-president of Laadli Foundation, Vivek Narayan Sharma, also sought the quashing of the government  decision to waive penalties on persons who had not paid their electricity bill as part of the Bijli Paani Andolan.

On Friday, Sharma mentioned the matter before the High Court Bench of Justice B D Ahmad and Justice Siddharth Mridul, seeking an early hearing on the issue. However, the court noted that since the next cycle of bills would not be generated till March 5, there was no urgency to hear the plea. The court is now likely to hear the plea on Wednesday. The PIL, filed against the government, Kejriwal and Minister Manish Sisodia, claims that the decision was “irrational, politically motivated and in violation of Article 14 and Directive Principle of State Policy of the Constitution of India”.

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