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P/070/2017 Sri. Arun R Chandran, Ernakulam
The appellant represents M/s Indus Towers Ltd., a company providing passive infra structure service to telecommunication providers. The consumer number of the three phase service connection is 20759 under LT VI F tariff and is under the jurisdiction of Electrical Section, Kolathur. The appellant is paying the current charges regularly without any due or delay. But the respondent as per the invoice dated 10-03-2016 directed the appellant to remit an amount of Rs. 53,526/- being the short assessment based on the findings that the meter was sluggish during the period 06/2013 and from 07/2014 to 11/2014. An objection against the demand was filed before the Assistant Engineer and he rejected and directed to remit the short assessment made without quoting any valid reason or regulations. So the appellant had approached the Hon’ble CGRF (NR) by filing a petition in OP No. 70/2016-17. The Forum ordered to reassess the bill for 05/2013 and from 06/2014 to 10/2014 based on the meter reading in the succeeding three months after replacement of the faulty meter in 05/2013 and 10/2014 as per regulation 125 of Kerala Electricity Supply Code, 2014. According to the direction of the Hon. Forum in its order/the short assessment bill was revised to Rs. 87,197/- by the Assistant Engineer, Electrical section, Kolathur. Aggrieved against this, the appellant has submitted this appeal petition before this Authority. In view of the above findings, the revised short assessment dated 26-04-2017 for Rs. 87,197/- is hereby quashed. There is no need to issue short assessment bills based on presumptions as it is not sustainable before law. The order dated 28-12-2016 of CGRF (NR) in OP No. 70/2016-17 is set aside. Having concluded and decided as above, it is ordered accordingly. No order as to costs.

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