Private school booked for power theft
Private school in Defence allegedly having an illegal electricity connection
Karachi, Aug 29: The Karachi Electric Supply Company has disconnected the power
supply to a private school in Defence Phase VIII for allegedly having an illegal
electricity connection for several years without having applied for the same to
An FIR (No 38) was registered on August 27, 2009 by the
KESC police under Section 39 of the Electricity Act against the users and owners
of the school, Mr and Mrs Tariq Jameel.
The KESC raiding party had found
that electricity was allegedly being used through an illegal connection at the
L'ecole School for Advanced Studies, located on Khayaban-i-Shaheen, in Defence
Phase VIII, according to the FIR.
KESC sources said that the school has
30 classrooms with 45 air conditioners installed on the premises, and the total
connected load was estimated to be at 132kW. The school was operating in two
According to the supervisor of the KESC inspection team, Mujeeb
Alam, who is the complainant in the FIR, during inspection of the school on
Thursday at 3pm he found that an old "fake meter" was installed there, of which
there was no record with the utility. The number on the meter was not on the
billing panel of the KESC and the consumer had allegedly got it installed on his
own from a private party.
The KESC raiding party, upon inspection,
allegedly found that the user had laid illegal underground cable and got it
hooked up to the KESC's main supply line around a nearby mosque.
time of the raid, the KESC team found 118.42kW of load on the premises. On
inquiry, the team was informed that the owners of the school were Mr and Mrs
Tariq Jameel, the complainant said in the FIR.
The KESC official who
conducted the raid said that upon discovery of illegal electricity being used in
the school, he had the connection disconnected and about 184 feet of the
underground cable used for illegal use of electricity was impounded as evidence.
The KESC official has maintained in the FIR that when he had checked the
use of electricity on Aug 3, he had discovered electricity theft, which he had
reported to his higher ups. On their direction, he had raided the premises again
on Thursday, said Mujeeb Alam, KESC supervisor inspection services in the FIR.
According to sources, a case has been registered against the user, who
allegedly did not pay the provisional bill of Rs1.5 million. The KESC was
estimating the loss in terms of units to be around 500,000 units. The loss
sustained for a period of three years has been estimated to be around Rs67
It is worth asking, however, that if the alleged power theft
has been taking place since 2001, and the user had never applied for a power
connection, why did it take so long for the utility to act?
say this is indicative of the connivance of the KESC staff at higher levels, and
possibly of someone in whose territorial jurisdiction the school falls.
When this reporter attempted to contact the school's owners for their
opinion on the matter, they did not answer their phones. As such, one could not
obtain the counter view to the KESC's contention of illegal use of electricity
and also its claim of sending a provisional bill. It was not possible to verify
the outstanding amount against the school and the reason for such a situation. Dawn
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IBA student's petition
Karachi: The SHC termed the three years expulsion of a business administration student as
harsh punishment and directed the Institute of Business Administration to
consider the expulsion case of a student in the light of High Court's order in
an identical case.
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the petition of student seeking rechecking of his examination papers.
Mohammad Moshin submitted that he applied for rechecking of three
papers English, Urdu, and Maths but despite taking the fees, the BSEK
did not issue the result of rechecking. He submitted that he could
obtained a position if paper were thoroughly checked by the Board. The
court was prayed to direct the respondent to produce the original copy
of the petitioner and recheck and re-evaluate the exam sheets of three
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Varsity teachers asked to take classes
Khairpur: Pro Vice Chancellor of the Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Prof
Dr Abdullah Phulpoto, has directed deans of faculties and chairmen of their
respective departments to ensure the presence of teachers in classes.
a directive, he said the officials should identify teachers who miss their
classes. He said students come from different parts of the Khairpur district for
getting education and it was the prime duty of teachers to take their classes
and ensure quality of education.
Prof Abdullah directed the chairmen of
respective departments to report to the vice chancellor or his office daily
about the attendance of teachers and students. He said there was a time when
teachers searched for students in their class rooms but now students were
looking for teachers.
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