New Delhi: Activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal alleged on Friday that Delhi residents have been paying twice what they should be for electricity.
Kejriwal, national convener of the recently launched Aam Aadmi Party, said at a press conference that Delhi chief minister and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit had intervened to stop an order in May 2010 that sought to reduce the electricity tariff in Delhi by 23%.
He also accused her of intervening in the appointment of the current Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) chairman.
Kejriwal also alleged that bills had been inflated to fleece consumers. The allegations have been made before by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Mint could not independently verify the authenticity of the documents that Kejriwal presented in support of his allegations.
“There should be a CAG (comptroller and auditor general) audit of these power companies but Sheila Dikshit is not agreeing to it. As a result of this, everybody is paying double of what they should ideally be,” Kejriwal said. “We demand that the extra money should be returned to the consumers, the companies should be fairly audited and if these companies do not cooperate in the auditing then their licences should be cancelled.”
Dikshit’s office could not be immediately reached for a comment.
Delhi Transco Ltd (DTL) denied the accusations. “Certain baseless allegations have been made by Arvind Kejriwal in respect of tariff orders allegedly passed by the then chairman of DERC for the year 2010-11,” it said.
DTL also said that it wasn’t against a CAG audit. “All allegations of corruption or malafide intentions are totally contrary to the facts and on record. The repeated allegations at frequent intervals would not change the factual position as narrated,” it said.