Thane , June 21: A powerloom owner from the powerloom town of Bhiwandi who was found guilty of power theft has been convicted and sentenced to two years of rigorous imprisonment by the district court here.
In his order the District Judge PP Jadhav also fined the accused, Hayat Mohammad Najir Khan, 52, a sum of Rs 8,75,000.
Two others who were also tried in the case, Rajiuddin Anwarali Khan, 46, Aashir Ahmad Mohammad Khalil Khan, 40, were acquitted by the court for want of sufficient evidence. They were said to be the co-owners of the unit but their guilt could not be proved by the prosecution.
In his submission on behalf of the prosecution, the APP Vivek G Kadu told the court that the accused operated the power loom unit in the Saibaba compound of Nagaon in Bhiwandi.On September 26, 2006, the team of MSEB personnel conducted an inspection of the unit and found that the electricity supply was taken in by the said factory illegally without any meter from a nearby transformer.
On the basis of consumption, assessment of theft of electricity was carried out. There was theft of 45168 units of electricity valued at Rs.2,75,017 and the accused was issued a bill which he refused to accept and pay.
The judge in his order observed that the prosecution has successfully proved the charges under section 135 of Indian Electricity Act, 2003, and he needs to be convicted and sentenced.(UNI)