Lok Adalats held by electricity discom BSES along with the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) settled 4,000 power theft cases of ₹39 crore over the weekend i.e., December 8-9, 2018, said a company official.
Cases relating to direct theft as well as meter tampering that were pending before courts or were yet to be filed were taken up at these Lok Adalats, held at Saket, Dwarka, Karkardooma district courts and at the permanent Lok Adalat building at ITO.
While in 2017, during a similar exercise, 8,000 cases amounting to a value of about ₹80 crore had been settled, this year cases amounting to ₹39 crore had been settled, the discom said in a statement.
In the last 20 special Lok Adalats, close to 34,000 cases with a combined value of about ₹270 crore had been resolved, the company official added.
Further, BSES spokesperson also said that for the customers, it was an opportunity to settle their cases and avoid prolonged and legal proceedings; for the discom, it meant more people coming into the billing net and it also reduced some of the burden on the judiciary.