Theft of Electricity

Theft of Electricity

Under section 39 of the Electricity Act 1910 whoever dishonestly abstracts consumes or uses energy shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years or with fine which may extend to five million rupees or with both and the existence of any device contrivance or artificial means for such abstraction consumption or use.

1. If he is found to have tampered or interfered with the set order of wiring connection of any meter measuring apparatus including kilowatt meter kilowatt hour meter kilowatt ampere hours meter, kilowatt ampere reactive hours meter, current transformers potential transformers or their supply and registration energy .

2. If he is found to have prevented by drilling hole in the causing covering or glass or by jumping the mechanism by mechanical magnetic or by any other means any meter maximum demand indictor or other measuring apparatus from duly registering the amount of energy supplied or the electrical quality contained in the supply.

3. I he is found without written consent of the licensee to have connected his installations appliances and apparatus for the consumption or use the energy with the licensee worked directly without passing though a meter maximum demand indicator or other measuring apparatus.

Penalty for installation of artificial means
Under section 39-A of the Electricity Act 1910 whoever installs or use any device contrivance or artificial means for dishonest abstraction consumption or use of energy of a licensee whether he derives any benefit there from or not shall be punished with imprisonment or either description for term which may be extent to three years or with fine which may extent to five million rupees or with both and if it is proved that any device contrivance or artificial means for such abstraction consumption or use exists or has exited on a premises it shall be presumed unless the contrary is proved that such person has committed an offence.

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