Utilities Commission vs Ceylon Electricity Board: Magistrate orders both parties to file written submissions | Sunday Observer

Utilities Commission vs Ceylon Electricity Board: Magistrate orders both parties to file written submissions

Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayaka ordered the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) and the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to file written submissions, in the case filed by the PUCSL against the CEB claiming that it failed to submit Daily Generation reports to the Commission.

The petitioner stated that Commission is unable to carry out its regulatory functions such as verifying the proposals to improve power supply owing to the absence of information from the CEB.

The data submitted in the reports is used by the Commission to advise the government and other institutions.

According to the petition, the CEB had not submitted daily generation reports from March 27, 2018 to May 28, 2019, which is a punishable offence.

The court issued summons on the CEB when this matter was taken before the Magistrate on Tuesday.

Upul Jayasuriya appearing for the CEB submitted that the Commission had ignored Cabinet instructions that when two state institutions have a dispute over some matter, the heads of the two institutions should discuss it and settle the matter.The Commission without complying with Cabinet instructions has pursued legal action against the CEB.

Attorney-at-law Asoka Weerasuriya appearing for PUCSL submitted that his client had wide powers according to the Act and it had taken legal steps using the powers under the Act.

The Magistrate ordered both parties to file written submission on May 30.

 

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