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Audit row: HC asks CAG to file fresh plea against three discoms

The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to file a fresh plea in support of its claim that three discoms of Tata Power and Reliance ADAG have not been cooperating in auditing of their accounts. ‘Whatever you have to say, you say in an application,’ a bench comprising Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said. ‘Twenty persons (of CAG) are still waiting to get the complete documents from the power distribution companies. The auditing process is not moving in last three months,’ Gaurang Kanth, appearing for the top accounting body, said.

The court then asked the counsel for the CAG to file an application and fixed the matters for hearing on 12 May.

The bench is hearing a batch of petitions including three appeals filed by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL) and Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group firms, BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd. The discoms have moved the larger bench of the court against its single judge’s January 24 order refusing to stall the CAG audit of the discoms and asking them to cooperate with the top auditor by furnishing the details sought. Besides these pleas, the court is also hearing a PIL filed by NGO United RWAs Joint Action (URJA), seeking CAG audit of discoms’ accounts. Earlier, the court had asked the three discoms to ‘fully cooperate with the Comptroller and Auditor General in the audit process.’ The single judge bench, which did not stay the CAG audit, however, had said that the report of the audit will not be released without the court’s permission.
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