Prepaid meter consumers entitled to refund of deposit:?HC

 Consumers who opt for prepaid meters are entitled to refund of their security deposit, the High Court has ruled. The judgment is expected to benefit a large number of electricity consumers.

The High Court directed the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) on June, 5, 2015, to refund the security deposit to consumers in case they opt for prepaid meters. Justice H G Ramesh gave the ruling on a petition filed by Kunigal-based Vijaya Steels Private limited (VSPL). The single bench, however, directed the firm to pay energy charges in advance as is done in prepaid mobile phone and other such services.

The VSPL had moved the High Court against an order given by the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) ombudsman who had dismissed its complaint that Bescom was demanding additional security deposit. The ombudsman ruled that the applicant (VSPL) hadn’t made a proper application for prepaid meter, except for the objections to the demand of additional security deposit (ASD).

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