Regarding FIR u/s 135 of Electricity Act.


The facts of the case are that a person, 'A', who was working as cameraman in a local news channel was present in the office of said channel when the vigilance dept. raided the office and found that there is no legal electricity connection and the office was using electricity illegally by tapping from a nearby pole. Despite the fact, that 'A' told them that he is only a employee there and the owner of the said channel use to live in Guru gram and has made tenency agreement with the owner of the building where the office is situated and also appointed one 'B' as caretaker of the office, the vigilance dept. lodged FIR against 'A' showing him as manager of the office. My question is that whether 'A' can be held liable for electricity theft? At present there is a legal connection now in the name of the caretaker of the office.
Stage of criminal proceedings against A: charge-sheet has been filed and NBW has been issued against 'A'. But since he doesn't appear, proceedings u/ s 82, 83 CrPC has been initiated against 'A'.
 
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