Disconnection of supply of electricity in the event of theft

Refer Supply Code:160

(1) On inspection of the premises of the consumer and the installations therein, if the officer authorised under subsection (2) of Section 135 of the Act has reason to believe that theft has been committed, he shall immediately report the fact to the officer authorised by the Commission under subsection (1A) of Section 135 of the Act for the purpose of initiating the process for disconnection.
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(2) The Commission hereby authorises the assessing officers designated as such by the Government of Kerala under clause (a) of the explanation to Section 126 of the Act, as the authorised officers under subsection (1A) of Section 135 of the Act.
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(3) On inspection of the premises of the consumer and the installations therein, if any officer of the licensee has reason to believe that theft has been committed, he shall immediately report the fact to the officer authorised under subsection (2) of Section 135 of the Act.
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(4) On receipt of the report under subregulation (1) above, the officer authorised by the Commission under subregulation (2) above, shall inspect the premises of occurrence of theft and the equipment, gadgets, machines, devices etc., used for such theft and may disconnect the supply of electricity to such premises if it is prima facie established that theft of electricity has been committed in the premises of the consumer.
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(5) The officer authorised by the Commission under subregulation (2) above shall lodge a complaint in writing relating to the theft in the police station having jurisdiction over the site of occurrence of the offence, within twenty four hours from the time of such disconnection.
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(6) The officer authorised by the Commission under subregulation (2) above shall, within twenty four hours from the time of disconnection, intimate the consumer, about the disconnection under subregulation (4) and about the option available to him to get the supply of electricity restored on compliance of subregulations (7) to (10) below.
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(7) The officer authorised by the Commission under subregulation (2) above shall, on receipt of an application from the consumer for restoration of the supply of electricity, issue a provisional assessment order.
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(8) If the consumer deposits the amount as per the provisional assessment order, the supply of electricity shall be restored within forty eight hours of such deposit.
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(9) If the consumer files an objection against the provisional assessment order issued under subregulation (7) above, the officer authorised by the Commission under subregulation (2) above shall afford to the consumer an opportunity of being heard in accordance with the procedure specified in regulation 156 of the Code and shall issue final order in accordance with the procedure specified in regulation 157 of the Code.
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(10) If the consumer deposits the amount as per the final assessment order, the supply of electricity shall be restored within forty eight hours of such deposit.
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(11) The restoration of supply of electricity under subregulation (8) or subregulation (10) shall be without prejudice to the right of the licensee to initiate criminal proceedings as per Section 135 of the Act.
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(12) The amount deposited under subregulation (8) or subregulation (10) by the consumer for getting restoration of supply of electricity under subsection (1A) of Section 135 shall be appropriated in accordance with the provisions of subsection (6) of Section 154 of the Act.
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