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Plant 50 trees to close criminal proceedings, Delhi High Court tells power theft accused

Gular (Cluster Fig), Kadamba (Burflower Tree), Pilkhan (White Fig), Jaamun (Black Plum), Bargad (Banyan Tree), Mango, Amaltas (Golden Shower) are some of the type of trees mentioned in the order. | File

Gular (Cluster Fig), Kadamba (Burflower Tree), Pilkhan (White Fig), Jaamun (Black Plum), Bargad (Banyan Tree), Mango, Amaltas (Golden Shower) are some of the type of trees mentioned in the order. | File   | Photo Credit: M.A. SRIRAM

The court said aerial pictures, prior to and after the plantation, shall be obtained by the DCF and be filed along with his affidavit.

The Delhi High Court directed a man to plant 50 trees for it to close criminal proceedings against him in a power theft case.

Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva asked the man to report to the Deputy Conservator of Forest (West), who shall assign him the duty to plant 50 trees in Central Ridge Reserve Forest, Buddha Jayanti Park, Vandemataram Marg here. The judge said the trees shall be planted within a month.

The court passed the order on a man’s plea challenging framing of charges against him for the offence of electricity theft.

“The trees shall be of deciduous indigenous variety with a nursery age of three and a half years and a height of at least six feet. Depending upon the soil type and topography, the DCF may consider the following types of trees for plantation...,” the High Court said.

The court said aerial pictures, prior to and after the plantation, shall be obtained by the DCF and be filed along with his affidavit.

The officer will have to monitor and ensure upkeep of the plantation and he will file a report six weeks after the plantation with fresh photographs to show the health/status of the trees.

The electricity department had lodged a complaint of electricity theft found in the premises of the man, whereby a wire was connected directly to the public pole outside his shop. The court set aside the trial court’s order framing charges against the man and discharged him of the offence under the Electricity Act.

The man had claimed that he had given the shop on rent and on account of non-payment of rent, the services to the tenant, which is electricity supply were got disconnected and the illegal work was done by the tenant without his consent and knowledge.

The matter was settled between the man and the electricity department in mediation and he had agreed to pay the settlement amount of ₹18,267.

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