The district court in Maharashtra’s Thane has sentenced a 70-year-old man to two years of rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 19 lakh in a case of power theft dating back to 2008.
In his order, District Judge PP Jadhav held accused Monuddin Mehaboob Shaikh guilty of offences punishable under section 135 of the Electricity Act, 2003.
The section deals with theft of electricity.
The court order was passed on February 6 and made available on February 9.
Shaikh was an employee of a powerloom factory where electricity theft was detected during an inspection and had played a key role in the crime, according to the prosecution.
Additional Public Prosecutor Vivek Kadu had told the court that officials of a power distribution company had carried out the inspection of the factory on March 10, 2008, when the accused was present in the premises.
During the inspection, it was observed the factory had taken direct supply of power using an underground cable. The outlet had bypassed the authorised route and joined the cable to the main supply line, the court was told.
On assessment, it was found that between May 16, 2007, and March 10, 2008, there was a theft of 94,589 units of electricity valued at Rs 6,32,454, Mr Kadu had said.
The prosecution had said the offence was very serious and sought maximum prescribed punishment for the accused.
The offence of theft of electricity is punishable with a fine of minimum three times the amount lost and three-year imprisonment.
The judge sentenced the accused to two years of rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 19 lakh on him.
According to the court order, the complainant company is to be paid Rs 12,60,000 for losses it suffered and this amount has to be drawn from the fine imposed on the accused.
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