The Appellate Tribunal of Electricity on Monday directed the power distribution company BSES to serve copies of its petition made to the APTEL to the representatives of the residents' welfare associations without delay.

The RWAs had complained to the APTEL that instead of providing a copy of the petition to them, the discoms had advertised that the copies will be sold to the RWA representatives. The BSES has filed a petition in the APTEL against an order of the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission.

“We the consumers had requested to be impleaded in the case and were allowed by the APTEL. However, the discoms instead of issuing the petition copies to us, as is the procedure, issued a public notice in the newspapers that the copies of their petition were available on payment of Rs.150. We complained to the APTEL against this as in any court of law the respondent is entitled to a free copy and here they are asking us to pay for it,” said Rajiv Kakria, an RWA representative.

The APTEL has also asked the RWAs to file their responses to the discom's petition on or before May 30 and fixed the next date of hearing for July 16.

The APTEL has also assured that if the consumers cannot engage an advocate for themselves, the APTEL may consider providing an amices curie in the appeal petition filled by the discoms.