New Delhi: The Delhi Government on Friday rejected as "totally baseless" Arvind Kejriwal's allegations of restraining the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) from passing an order in 2010 to slash tariff by 23 percent.
"The allegations are a bundle of lies," Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's office said.
Kejriwal alleged that power distribution companies in the capital "fudged" their records and "committed fraud" to show losses in their revenue while actually making profits.
The Aam Aadmi Party chief also claimed that Delhiites are paying two times the electricity bills they should actually be paying. He accused Dikshit of stopping the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) from passing an order in 2010 which recommended 23 per cent reduction in the tariff.
Discoms BSES Yamuna Power Ltd and BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd in a joint statement said the "allegations posed are completely baseless, wild and highly deplorable for the power sector. The issues raised have no relation whatsoever with the ground realities and are meant for personal gains."
Rejecting the allegations, the Government said the Delhi High Court had in an order had said that it did not have an ounce of doubt that no such order was made.
"It (the High Court) said that 'approval by one Member or the other on the file does not result in making of the tariff order.' Key legal requirements like placing the matter before the Commission and deliberations on it had not happened.
Therefore to refer to it as an order is a gross distortion of reality," the government said in a statement.
"The so-called tariff order was nothing but the personal opinion of the then Chairman based on false assumptions," it added.

The government said it was "completely wrong" to say that it was not in favour of CAG audit of the account of the discoms.
"The Cabinet had decided on December 26, 2011 that CAG should audit the discoms from the inception. This has also been stated by the Government in its affidavit before the High Court. However, since the case is sub-judice, it would not be appropriate to comment any further," the statement said.
"All allegations of corruption or malafide intentions are totally contrary to the facts and on record. The repeated allegations at frequent intervals would not change the factual position as narrated," it said.
Kejriwal on Friday alleged that government was not in favour of CAG scrutiny of accounts of the discoms.
Circulating copies of the letter written by Joint Secretary (Power) SM Ali on May 4 to Singh, Kejriwal said the order had concluded that discoms were making "huge profits" and that the power tariffs in the capital should be reduced by 23 percent rather than increased.
"The power companies had projected Rs 630 crore of losses for the year 2010-11 and they wanted electricity tariffs to be increased to recover that. However, Singh had concluded that they would make profits of Rs 3,577 crore which if passed on to the consumers would result in 23 per cent reduction," Kejriwal alleged.


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