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HC snubs power unions

Ranchi, July 15: Jharkhand High Court today rejected the plea of two power unions, which wanted to be included as parties in the recent case filed by Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC).

Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) Diploma Engineersí Sangh and JSEB Engineers Officers Employees Coordination Committee are bitterly opposed to private firms distributing power. Private firm CESC had bagged the distribution job in Ranchi in December 2012 but might lose it following the well-publicised reservations of energy minister Rajendra Prasad Singh.

To safeguard its interests, the CESC last week prayed to high court to restrain Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (JUVNL) from scrapping the December 2012 deal that agreed to hand over power distribution jobs in Ranchi to it.

Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) Diploma Engineersí Sangh and JSEB Engineers Officers Employees Coordination Committee sought the courtís indulgence to join as parties in the CESC case, saying they were opposed to privatisation.

The court of Justice R.R. Prasad rejected the two petitions of the unions.

The agreements were inked when Arjun Munda was chief minister. According to them, CESC would distribute power in Ranchi and Tata Power in Jamshedpur.


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