An interesting and valid petition of whether owners who buy houses and properties should pay the existing electricity dues reached the court of law. A few owners said that they will not pay the dues and the issue was finally taken to the notice of the country's top court, the Supreme Court. The Apex Court gave a sensational verdict on this.
The question was raised in God's own country Kerala. A few people who bought properties did not clear the dues which forced the Kerala State Electricity Board to stop the electricity services. The issue went to the High Court and the Court gave the verdict in favor of the electricity board.
The owners did not like it and moved the Supreme Court. The bench led by Chief Justice of India Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud heard the bunch of petitions and said that owners have to clear the existing dues on properties and houses.
The bench quoted the Electricity Act and said that supplying electricity is not absolute under Section 43 of the 2003 Electricity Act and said that the power utilities can stop the connections if there are pending dues on the properties.
The bench led by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud which comprises Justices Hima Kohli and PS Narasimha said that the electricity board has the power to stop the electricity if dues are not paid as providing electricity is not absolute.
Though the case reached the Supreme Court from Kerala, similar cases happen in many states. What happens usually is that buyers buy properties and the pending dues will fall on them. There is a divided opinion on whether new owners should pay the bills or not.