HC stays MERC’s de­ci­sion on its hear­ings and record­ings

Mid Day - - CITY - DHAR­MEN­DRA JORE dhar­men­dra.jore@mid-day.com

IN a ma­jor set­back to the Ma­ha­rash­tra Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (MERC), the Nag­pur bench of the Bom­bay High Court has stayed its (the com­mis­sion’s) res­o­lu­tion to stop record­ing its hear­ings and to de­stroy ex­ist­ing record­ings.

On Fri­day, the HC acted on a pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion (PIL) filed by ac­tivist Anil Wad­pal­li­war through his coun­sel Shree­rang Bhan­darkar.

All three mem­bers of the com­mis­sion – chair­man Anand Kulka­rni, IM Bo­hari and Mukesh Khullar – on Septem­ber 4 had unan­i­mously passed a res­o­lu­tion to stop record­ing the pub­lic hear­ings and to de­stroy the ar­chives.

MERC had said that the de­ci­sion was taken in ac­cor­dance with the rules on safe­keep­ing and de­stroy­ing doc­u­ments/of­fice records based on their util­ity and im­por­tance.

Ad­vo­cate Bhan­darkar told the court of Jus­tice Bhushan Dhar­mad­hikari and Jus­tice MG Gi­ratkar that the prac­tice was il­le­gal.

MERC coun­sel Sud­hir Pu­ranik jus­ti­fied the res­o­lu­tion but when the court did not agree, he re­quested a sta­tus quo in­stead of stay­ing it. How­ever, the court stayed the res­o­lu­tion.

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