Friday, November 12, 2010

After complaint agst power xformer sends him behind bars, he uses RTI

An Amritsar-based insurance surveyor didn't know that lodging a complaint against a faulty transformer in his locality would give him a high-voltage shock. For, instead of giving him a patient ear, a Punjab State Electricity Board (now Powercom) employee got an FIR registered against him allegedly on trumped-up charges, landing him behind bars. Out on bail, 52-year-old Jagdish Singh decided to fight the battle using RTI. After much struggle, he succeeded not only in taking the spark out of the electricity department employee, who later filed a plea in the Punjab and Haryana High Court for quashing of the FIR, but also restored uninterrupted power supply to his locality.
"Incidentally, I was in the forefront of getting the 200 KV transformer installed in the locality three years ago. But as the load was not split, the device would often trip. I made several rounds of the department to get the fault rectified, much to the chagrin of the staff. And in July last year, when I decided to file a formal complaint, an employee picked up a fight with me," Singh said.

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