Thursday, November 5, 2015

Disappointed with Delhi HC order, say RWAs : Times of India


NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court's order to quash the audit of discoms by CAG has come as a huge disappointment for many residents. The RWAs have been demanding an audit of discoms for a very long time as they allege that the discoms are misleading consumers. The Delhi government has decided to challenge the decision in Supreme Court and the RWAs say the government should aggressively pursue the matter.

"It is very disappointing. Supreme Court has allowed CAG audit in telecom and other cases. So, why can't it be done in case of discoms," asked Atul Goyal, president of URJA (United Residents Joint Action).

"The public already knows that irregularities have been revealed from just the papers handed over willingly by discoms to CAG. How long will Delhiites be made to pay inflated bills? ," said social activist Rajiv Kakria.

Anil Sood, president of Chetna, said, "the order suffers from factual and legal infirmities. The HC can't go against the Supreme Court, which in similar circumstances involving telecom agreed for an audit by CAG. It is within the mandate of the CAG to conduct the audit."

But some RWA members say the HC order is due to the flawed agreement between the discoms and the government, which was signed when the Congress was in power. "The city government should scrap or modify the agreement," said BS Vohra, president, East Delhi RWA Joint Front Federation.

with thanks : Times of India : LINK 

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