Theft of Electricity

Last updated on Apr 8, 2022

Theft of electricity happens when someone tampers meters, damages electric meters or equipment, etc.(( Section 135, The Electricity Act, 2003.)).

Punishment for Theft of Electricity

  • The punishment for theft of electricity is jail time of up to 3 years and/or a fine.
    • If the amount of electricity stolen does not exceed 10 kilowatt, then the fine on first offence will be at least 3 times of the financial gain caused by the theft, and it will be 6 times on every subsequent conviction.
    • In case the amount stolen exceeds 10 kilowatts, then one may be punished with jail time between 6 months and 5 years, in addition to a fine. In this case, one will also be debarred from getting any supply of electricity for a period between 3 months and 2 years.
  • The suppliers of electricity can cut off the supply of electricity if a consumer is found guilty of theft of electricity, without issuing a notice, and this supply will be restored only once the consumer has paid a fine and compensated the supplier(( MP Electricity Board v. Harsh Wood Product.)).

Complaining about Theft of Electricity

To report theft of electricity, you should approach the respective electricity providing board/corporation in your state. For example, for Delhi, you can lodge a complaint with BSES Rajdhani, you can use WhatsApp to submit information related to the problem at 9555010022. Read more here to see how to file a complaint with BSES Rajdhani.

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