Chandigarh: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI ) special judge Shashi Bala Chauhan on Saturday sentenced Brij Bhushan Singhal, Managing Director (MD), Bhushan Industrial Corporation, to three-year imprisonment on charges of stealing power and causing losses to the government exchequer to the tune of Rs 3.05 crore.
Brij Bhsuah Singhal has been sentenced on charges of stealing 1,17,45,095 units of electricity causing losses to the government exchequer under Sections 44-C and 39 of the Indian Electricity Act, 1910. Six other former officers of UT Electricity Department, Haryana State Electricity Board (HSEB) and Bhakhra Beas Management Board (BBMB) have also been sentenced to three-year imprisonment along with Singhal. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 15,000 each.
However, all the seven produced bail bonds of Rs 20,000 each and were bailed out the same day on pretext of appealing in the higher court. The case was probed by the CBI. Apart from Brij Bhushan Singhal, other six sentenced are UT Electricity Department XEN V K Mahendru, Engineer Commercials Deepak Chopra, Junior Engineer (JE) Tarsem Lal Aggarwal, Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE) Harjinder Singh Brar and BBMB JE Mangat Pal and substation engineer Jagir Singh for dishonestly allowing theft of power. They all were convicted by the CBI court on Friday. Bhushan was convicted under Sections 44-C and 39 of the Indian Electricity Act, 1910 whereas others have been convicted under Sections 39-A of the Indian Electricity Act, 1910, 120-B of the IPC and Sections 5(1) (d) and 5 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
In a 23-year-old case, on December 14, 1993, the CBI had booked MD Bhushan Industries along
with six others under Indian Electricity Act, 1910 along with Prevention of Corruption Act for stealing 1,17,45,095 units of electricity causing losses to the government exchequer to the tune of RS 3.05 crore. Court framed charges in February 2006.
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