Sanjay Gaikwad, who recently bought a brand-new Rolls Royce worth Rs 8 crore came into the headlines for the wrong reasons. Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) filed a case against the Shiv Sena member from Kalyan for electricity theft.
MSEDCL has registered a case against Sanjay Gaikwad at the Mahatma Phule police station for a power theft case. Gaikwad has not paid the dues of Rs 34,640. MSEDCL also imposed a penalty of Rs 15,000. According to sources of FreePressJournal, a team headed by Ashok Bundhe, an Additional executive engineer visited the Gaikwad residence. The residence is at a construction site at survey number 30, HN 15A and HN1/2, Amarai, Tisgaon, Kolshewadi, Kalyan East.
The MSEDCL officials surveyed the construction site and found that the site was using electricity through theft and had no official electricity meters installed. The official from MSEDCL said,
“In March, 2021 the survey was conducted by the flying squad. After a panchnama of total theft it was found total usage of electricity counts to Rs 34,840 and he was imposed with a fine of Rs 15,000. Sanjay Gaikwad was informed about the theft and a bill was submitted to him,”
After the notice, Gaikwad failed to make the payment. The officials at MSEDCL filed a case against Gaikwad under section 135 of the Electricity Act 2003. Ashok Bundhe had approached the police station on June 30th and registered a case.
Gaikwad paid the fine
According to Vijaysingh Dudhbhate, spokesperson MSEDCL, Sanjay Gaikwad has paid the electricity bill amount and the penalty after they lodged a complaint and FIR last week against him. The spokesperson further said that if the person can be jailed of up to three years in prison in case of electricity theft.
Dudhbhate said the complete action was taken under the guidance of Sumit Kumar, deputy director, security and enforcement.
“On Monday, Gaikwad had made the payment and fine imposed on him. It’s a procedure if we find any theft case, we check the electricity use and send a bill and fine. If the defaulter doesn’t pay it action is taken against him. After Gaikwad has paid the bill and fine imposed on him. Now we have approached the police to take back the case. If any defaulters pay the amount, as per the procedure we stop the criminal procedure,”
Sanjay Gaikwad issued a statement claiming that the state power distribution has filed a false case against him. He said that if he has stolen electricity, then why were the meters at the sites were not removed.
Not many details available on the Rolls Royce
Details of the Rolls Royce sedan owned by Sanjay Gaikwad are not known. This is not the latest-generation Rolls Royce Ghost that the brand launched earlier this year in India. Sanjay Gaikwad also owns a slew of cars including a Toyota Fortuner, a Toyota Innova and many others.