An emergency meeting of AOA members was called yesterday night at SCC Heights in Rajnagar Extension after its AOA discovered that a few of its residents had been involved in power theft.
In the meeting, the AOA revealed the names of six tenants, whose electricity meters were found tampered. "We have solid proof against these six. However, several others are also under suspicion and further investigation will reveal their role in the whole thing," confirmed Sanjeev Neema, AOA President.
The AOA unanimously decided to slap a fine of Rs 50,000 on the guilty.
The matter came to light when someone from the maintenance informed the AOA about how for a few apartments the electricity meters clocked abnormally low units. This, despite the fact that those residing were using heavy electrical appliances.
An AOA member said, "We will calculate the electricity bill of the offenders on the basis of their area and patterns of their monthly electricity recharge before theft. Non-compliance will evoke legal action from our side."
Most members are of the opinion that the offenders had the patronage of the previous AOA chief Anil Tomar. The current AOA, headed by Sanjeev Neema, was reconstituted in July after the election.
When City Spidey confronted Tomar with the allegation, he said, “What's the point of overlooking their offence? They are tenants, who are not even authorised to vote. How would I benefit from colluding with them?”
He added, “I stand by the decision takes against the offenders.”
However, under the UP Apartments Act 2010, legal tenants can cast vote on behalf of their apartment owners with written permission from them.
For now, the AOA has decided to seal the panels of electricity meters to prevent similar manipulation in future.