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Supreme Court to hear Ambani power firm plea

Posted on Feb 06 2014 | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 6 : The Supreme Court will hear a petition by BSES, a Delhi power distribution company of the Anil Ambani group, after power supply to it was threatened to be cut off from Monday night next over outstanding payments by NTPC.

The Supreme Court will hear on Friday the Reliance Group company's plea against the state-run National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) which asked BSES to pay up or go without power.

According to an NDTV report, "Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked the region's power regulator to revoke the licences of BSES Yamuna Power Ltd and BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd, run by Mr Ambani's Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, if they failed to supply power, drawing criticism from the companies."

Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) is the power regulator in Delhi.

According to media reports, while the Reliance group discoms BSES Yamuna Power Limited and BSES Rajdhani Power Limited had requested to stay proceedings before the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission on the licence cancellation threat, the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (ATE) has directed DERC to proceed with their hearing.

But ATE has asked DERC to not pass a final order without its permission.

"With regard to urgency of the matter, we deem it appropriate to direct the appellants (BYPL and BRPL) to appear before DERC on February 6 and make their submissions with regard to the letter of the Delhi Government and the DERC may continue to proceed with the matter by hearing the parties concerned," the Tribunal said, according to a report in The Hindu.

"But the Commission is directed not to pass the final order in the above proceedings without leave of the Tribunal," it said, quoted the paper.

The stalemate can result in outages of up to 10 hours a day in Delhi area, warned the firms earlier.

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