Kejriwal exposes Delhi power 'scam'
New Delhi, Feb 1 : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal on Friday targeted Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit as he exposed the alleged nexus between the Delhi government and private power distribution companies.
"Electricity was privatized in Delhi in the year 2002. Distribution losses were very high at that time at 55 percent. Government claimed that with privatization these loses would be reduced and when these gains would be passed on to the consumers, the electricity tariff would come down. Since then, the distribution losses have actually come down from 55pc to 15pc ," Kejriwal said in a press conference on Friday.
"Where did these gains go? Rather than being transferred to Delhi citizens, the entire gains have been cornered by electricity companies," Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal said electricity prices have doubled in the past three years instead of getting reduced.
"Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) decided electricity rates in Delhi. Till 2010, Brijender Singh was the DERC Chairperson. He was known to be honest," Kejriwal said.
He said: "Brijender Singh drafted an order in April 2010 in which he concluded that the DISCOMs were making huge profits and that the electricity tariffs in Delhi should be reduced by 23pc rather than increased."
"The power companies had projected Rs. 630 crores of losses for the year 2010-11 and they wanted electricity tariffs to be increased to recover that. However, Brijender Singh concluded that they would make profits of Rs. 3577 crores, which if passed on to the consumers would result in 23pc reduction in tariff," he said.
Kejriwal said electricity companies 'went running' to Sheila Dikshit as she stopped Singh from issuing his order.
"Brijender Singh was supposed to issue the order on 5 May 2010. The Delhi Government wrote a letter to Brijender Singh on 4 May 2010 and stopped him from issuing his order," he said.
Kejriwal said Dikshit later 'brought in' PD Sudhakar as the new Chairperson of DERC who 'immediately obliged and increased tariffs by 22pc in 2011 and by 32pc next year'.
He called Sudhakar an 'agent' of electricity companies.
Kejriwal said: "Accounts of two Anil Ambani group companies, namely BSES Yamuna and BSES Rajdhani, are fudged and unreliable. Whereas Brijender Singh used to take action against these companies, Sudhakar started turning a blind eye on them."
The AAP convener said: "Anil Ambani companies created artificial losses by buying power at high rates and selling it at much lower rate to its sister concern Reliance Energy Trading Ltd. (RETL)."
He said a case of cheating be filed against Anil Ambani.
Kejriwal demanded that Brijender Singh's tariff order for the year 2010-11 should be implemented and electricity tariffs should be immediately reduced to half.
"FIR should be registered against those power DISCOMs who have fudged their records," he said.
Kejriwal said: " Performance and financial audit of DISCOMs should be done by CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General of India)."
He said the tariff orders passed by Sudhakar for the years 2011-12 and 2012-13 shoould be scrapped.
Kejriwal stirred a storm in the political galaxy as he started levelling corruption charges against several top brass quite regularly last year.
In his series of allegations, Kejriwal's first target was Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra.
He "exposed" nexus between Vadra and the Haryana government and real-estate firm DLF.
Kejriwal then targeted BJP president Nitin Gadkari and "exposed" a nexus between the political leader and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ruling the coalition government in Maharashtra.
The social activist turned activist fought a pitched political battle against External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid over charges of embezzlement brought against the Congress leader's charity trust.
Kejriwal also targeted industrialists Mukesh and Anil Ambani and Jet Airways owner Naresh Goyal, in his series of high profile corruption and financial impropriety 'exposes' and accused them of holding Swiss bank accounts with black money deposits.
The AAP architect did not spare Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the Assembly polls in the state, alleging that Modi favoured Adani group by manipulating bids on power purchase and also bought peace with Congress and judiciary on the acts by doling out sops in forms of lands.