APTEL unhappy at change of lawyer in compensatory tariff case

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 22, 2018 Published on December 14, 2015

The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) has expressed unhappiness that Haryana Power Purchase Commission replaced their lawyer M G Ramachandran, just days before hearings on ‘compensatory tariff’ sought by power generators began earlier this month. 

Daily hearings on appeals by distribution utilities of Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Punjab on the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission’s order of February 21, 2014 allowing ‘compensatory tariff’ to be paid to Tata Power and Adani Power for their power plants in Gujarat based on imported Indonesian coal. 

The CERC’s order was challenged by the four distribution utilities. Since beginning of the appeal, M G Ramachandran was lawyer for the Haryana Power Purchase Commission. 

However, he was replaced and the new counsels sought more time to familiarise with the matter. 

APTEL in its order on December 1 stated, “We must express our unhappiness about this prayer for adjournment. If the appellants wanted to change their counsel they should have done so well in advance. Way back on 12.10.2015 we fixed these matters for hearing on 1.12.2015.” 

M G Ramachandran was then appointed counsel for the consumer group Prayas Energy on request from the APTEL bench. 

Published on December 14, 2015
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