The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on 12-05-2014 once again informed the Delhi High Court that the three electricity distribution companies (discoms) operating in Delhi were not cooperating with the CAG auditors. "None of the discoms has so far given all the requisite information/data sought by the CAG... Today, the position is not different from what it was three months ago," Additional Solicitor General Siddharth Luthra, appearing for Delhi government, informed the court of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw.
The three discoms, however, disputed the CAG's stand and claimed that they had been cooperating fully and had supplied "complete information" on most of the queries raised by the auditors.
In press releases issued on Monday evening, the discoms said, "We have been fully cooperating in the audit process and will continue to do so. We have already submitted complete information on 306 queries spread over 20,000 pages. Auditors have also been provided viewing rights on our entire database," the BSES, which owners the BSES Yamuna Power and BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd, said.
TPDDL has also stated that it had received 311 queries from the auditors, of which 211 had been responded in full. It said 20 queries had been answered partially as further queries had been raised by the auditors. Eighty queries were under compilation, the discom said.
The TPDDL counsel also argued that the CAG did not have the jurisdiction to audit the discoms as the recent Supreme Court order allowing audit of telecom firms was "factually and legally" different from the discoms.
"This stand of the CAG will seriously prejudice the proceedings against the discoms," the counsel for TPDDL told the court.
The court has now given the CAG two days to file a written application with details of the "delay" and will hear the matter on Friday.
Earlier, the High Court had directed the three discoms to "fully cooperate with the audit" and had refused to grant a stay on the audit process.
Source- Indian Express