Appeal No. 151 of 2013. Case: Santha Kumar Vs Thrissur Corporation. Kerala State State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission

Case NumberAppeal No. 151 of 2013
Party NameSantha Kumar Vs Thrissur Corporation
CounselFor Appellant: P. Raj Mohan, Advocate and For Respondents: Shihabudeen, Advocate
JudgesK. Chandradas Nadar, Presiding Member, A. Radha and Santhamma Thomas, Members
IssueConsumer Law
CitationIII (2014) CPJ 267
Judgement DateJuly 31, 2014
CourtKerala State State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission


K. Chandradas Nadar, Presiding Member

  1. Appellant was the complainant in CC. No. 230/2008 in the CDRF, Thrissur. He was a. consumer of electricity supplied by the opposite parties. The complainant was conducting office of chartered accountant in the room where electricity connection was availed. It is alleged in the complaint that he was paying the current charges regularly. While so, the opposite parties issued notice dated 7.11.2003 demanding Rs. 52,918 as arrears. The notice lacked details so request for details was given to the opposite parties. But there was no response. Hence the complainant approached the Hon'ble High Court of Kerala and filed writ petition seeking direction to the opposite parties to make available the details. As per the order of the Hon'ble High Court the opposite parties gave a letter in reply along with a statement. The details contained in the statement are baseless. Thereafter the opposite parties issued notice on 6.1.2008 and disconnected the electricity supply on 14.3.2008. The said act of the opposite parties amounts to deficiency in service. The opposite parties contended before the Consumer Forum that the average consumption in the premises of the complainant during 1994-95 per month was 50 units. It is incorrect to say that the consumption during 1995-96 was erroneously shown as 150 units per month. The electricity connection is in the name of K.O. Chummar. Since office of chartered accountant is functioning in the premises, the tariff comes under VI B. A balance amount of Rs. 2,740 was due from the consumer as on 04/94. Since consumption increased bill for Rs. 2,127 was given during 04/94 to 09/94. A slab card for Rs. 439 was given to the consumer by calculating consumption at 150 units per month during the year 1995-96. During these periods the complainant failed to pay the monthly bills or the additional bills issued to him. The complainant approached the Hon'ble High Court when notice was issued for Rs. 52,918 which fell in arrears. As per the interim order of the Hon'ble High Court he paid Rs. 10,000 on 3.2.2004. No other amount was paid. Hence the power supply was disconnected. Again he approached the Hon'ble High Court and got the electricity connection restored and subsequently filed the complaint which is devoid of merit.

  2. Before the Consumer Forum the complainant gave oral evidence as PW1. Exts. P1 to P6 were marked on his side. No oral or documentary evidence was adduced on the...

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