Nagpur. A notification was issued by the state government to give special exemption in electricity rates to the industrial units of Vidarbha. But later refused to give exemption. The Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce and Industries filed a petition in the High Court against this functioning of the government. During the hearing on the petition on Tuesday, the state government requested time to file the reply. After the hearing, Justice Atul Chandurkar and Justice Vrushali Joshi gave the state government a last chance of two weeks to file an affidavit. Petitioner’s right Harnish Gadhiya, Assistant Public Prosecutor of the State Government Nivedita Mehta, Officer of Electricity Department. The order of SV Purohit and other respondents. Ayushi Dangre advocated.
… then interim relief, the court indicated
The court said in the order that on November 16, 2022, time was sought by the state government’s Industries, Energy Department, MSEDCL and Development Commissioner (Industries) to file their replies. Even after a long time, the court had granted time to all the three defendants, but still the state government is seeking time to file the reply. Although considering the issues arising in the petition, time is being given since the answer is necessary, but if the answer is not filed till the next hearing, the court also indicated to take cognizance of the relief sought by the petitioner.
First tempted, then turned away
The petitioner submits that the Energy Department of the State Government issued notifications on 29 June 2016 and 24 March 2017. The government had said that those who set up industrial units in Vidarbha or the industrial units which were operating at that time would also be given many exemptions. According to the notification, a provision was also made to give a rebate of 40 paise per unit in the electricity used by the industrial units. The state government has not taken it back, on the contrary it has refused to give the benefit. In this context, a memorandum was also given to the then Energy Minister of the State Government through the Joint Coordination Committee constituted by the petitioner. But the issue was not resolved, due to which a petition had to be filed in the High Court.