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Court sentences three South Delhi residents for power theft

Three South Delhi residents have been sentenced to imprisonment ranging between three and six months and asked to pay a heavy fine for stealing electricity by a special court here.

In a separate case, two persons were convicted and sent to a two-month judicial custody by another special court in Karkardooma for stealing a BSES transformer in the Mandoli industrial area. A fine of Rs 2,000 each were also imposed on them. The south Delhi cases were handled by a special court in Saket, BSES said.

“In the first case, a resident of Sangam Vihar in South Delhi has been awarded rigorous imprisonement (RI) of six months and a penalty of Rs 2.54 lakh. The accused was also illegally selling the stolen electricity to other residents.

“In the second case, a resident of Madanpur Khadar has also been awarded a RI of six months and a penalty of Rs 2.65 lakh. The accused was using the electricity for running a junkyard. “A resident of Dakshinpuri Extension, who owns a meat shop, has been awarded a RI of 3 months and a penalty of Rs 2.2 lakh,” an official statement said. Welcoming the decision of the courts, power discom BSES observed that electricity theft has taken the shape of an “organised crime”. This sentiment is reflected in the recent judgments, it said.

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