Give full audit report to discoms, HC tells Delhi government

New Delhi, Sep 11 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Friday asked the state’s Arvind Kejriwal government to furnish full interim audit reports to power distribution companies in the national capital.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw asked the government to give all the pages of Comptroller and Auditor Genera l of India (CAG) report to the discoms within three days.

“The entire report enclosed with the letter issued on July 21 be furnished to the power distribution companies. The 212-page report has to be furnished. In absence of the report, they would not be able to participate in the proposed exit conference scheduled for September 21-24. Fur nish the report within three days,” the bench said.

The court’s order came after two distribution companies — BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna alleged that they were not provided the full CAG report which was given to Delhi government and the media.

The discoms told the court that without the entire report, they wouldn’t be able to present their case properly in the upcoming exit-con ference, where all the parties concerned participate in a discussion before the finalisation of the CAG report.

Senior advocate Dayan Krishnan, appearing for the Delhi government, told the court that whatever CAG gave it, the same was forwarded to discoms and CAG had objected to give the entire report to discoms.

Advocate Gaurang Kanth, appearing for CAG, meanwhile argued: “We have sent them the relevant portion of the report which is of their use. The rest does not concern them. Rest of the pages contain comments from Delhi government and Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC).”

“We don’t want to give them the findings with regard to Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd, full report is not of their (BSES Rajdhani and Yamuna) concern. It’s a draft report, not final,” he said.

The court now posted the matter for October 30.

The court was hearing an application of two distribution companies objecting to the CAG giving the interim report to Delhi government. The application was filed by them on their main petition in which they had challenged the Delhi government’s decision to get the accounts of the companies audited by the official auditor, over which the high court had reserved its judgment on March 4.

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