The Calcutta High Court has directed the state to file an affidavit by August 5, 2020 on steps taken to resolve the electricity bill issue in Kolkata.
The order followed a writ petition seeking an injunction restraining power utilities from charging ad hoc payment for electricity consumed during the lockdown. The court also directed the petitioner to file an affidavit pinpointing the anomalies in the bills issued by Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) and West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL). CESC and WBSEDCL had issued provisional bills for April and May when meters were not read. According to the utilities, the June bill issued after meter reading took into account the provisional bills of the previous two months. Following allegations of inflated billing for June, CESC has put the June bill on hold.