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NEW DELHI: Stealing electricity can land you in jail without bail was the message sent out by a Rohini electricity court when four thieves charged with stealing electricity were denied bail.
While denying them bail, Additional Sessions Judge V. K. Goel, observed that theft of electricity was a serious offence and merely paying half the penalty amount does not mitigate the nature of the offence. The accused -- Pale, Ravi, Yashpal and Nanhe Lal -- will have to remain in jail until they can cough up 100 per cent of the levied amount. While Pale and Ravi have been allowed to deposit 40 per cent by June 20 and pay the remaining amount within the next 20 days, Yashpal and Nanhe Lal have been directed to pay the full amount of Rs.151,110.
The North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) hopes that this will curb the power theft menace in the city and send a strong message to all power thieves.
“We welcome the order by the electricity court and hope that such stringent judicial and police action against power thieves will act as a deterrent and also send a strong message to that section of society which indulges in stealing electricity.” said an NDPL spokesperson.
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