On the last day in office as Energy Minister, Shobha Karandlaje hosted a dinner in a five-star hotel in Bangalore for some top officials from power as well as other sectors. But KPTCL is learnt to have been made to pay the bill for her departing dinner costing around Rs. 1.10 lakh.

The propriety of asking KPTCL to pay up bills for such dinners at a time when the transmission utility is seeking frequent tariff revisions to bridge its revenue deficit has come under criticism in the power sector.