Power discoms not cooperating with auditing body, says CAG
March, 04th 2014
The Comptroller and Auditor General ( CAG) and the Delhi government on Monday told the Delhi High Court that the three private discoms in the Capital are violating its order by not cooperating with the auditing body.
They submitted before a bench of Acting Chief Justice B. D. Ahmed and Justice S. Mridul that the discoms were not providing documents sought by the CAG after the firms sought their appeal against the HC order, directing them to cooperate with the auditor, be heard on March 7.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Delhi government, and senior advocate Aman Lekhi, appearing for the CAG, submitted that the three discoms - Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd ( TPDDL) and Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group firms BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd - that power supply across Delhi are not cooperating with the audit body.
The high court has re- notified the matter before it on March 24.
The court was hearing the intra- court appeal of the three discoms, which have challenged the January 24 order of the single judge who had not only refused to stall the CAG audit of the discoms but also asked them to cooperate with the top auditor by furnishing the details sought.
The discoms had initially moved the HC against the January 7 decision of the Aam Aadmi Party- led government ordering a CAG audit, saying the top auditor is not empowered to scrutinise accounts of private companies.
The three private firms had come into being in 2002 when the then Delhi government decided to privatise power distribution.
Delhi discoms are a 51: 49 per cent joint venture between private companies and the Delhi government.
>Meanwhile, earlier this month, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung had held a meeting to take stock of the progress made in the CAG audit of the finances of the three discoms.