FIR against Rati Agnihotri and husband for stealing electricity

Veteran actor Rati Agnihotri and her husband Anil Virwani again hit the headlines for wrong reasons. Last year, the duo made headlines for their troubled marriage and now the couple hogged the limelight for stealing electricity. They were slapped with 48 lacs electricity bill. The reason is that the couple is using tampered meter since 2013. On Thursday, actor Rati Agnihotri was taken aback when she received so high amount of electricity bill, mounting to Rs 48 L from the Brihanmumbai Electricity and Transport Department (BEST).

A vigilance officer from the task lodged an FIR in the Worli police station against the yesteryear actress and her estranged husband Anil Virwani for stealing around 1,77,647 units of electricity since April 2013.

The crime of stealing electricity by the Agnihotris came into forefront when a surprise raid was carried out at the Sterling Seaface building on Dr Annie Besant Road on Thursday by senior vigilance officer JP Singh. When the report was submitted, sub-divisional vigilance officer Balasaheb Anand Kamble found out that the meter was tampered.  

 FIR has been lodged against Rati and her husband for stealing electricity since 2013.

“Our vigilance officers carried out a surprise raid and in it we found that the meter was tampered. We calculated the total value of electricity stolen by the family and have billed them around Rs 48,96,000 and have also registered an offence under Section 135 (theft of electricity) of the Indian Electricity Act, 2003,” said Hanumant Gofane, BEST spokesperson.

“We calculated the value from the day a new meter was installed in the flat in 2013,” said Gofane. The actress used electrical appliances like air conditioner, geyser, washing machine and bulbs, etc and the BEST authorities analysed the value of stealing the electricity by calculating the units used. 

 “We have registered an offence as per the complaint given by BEST authorities and will investigate the matter,” said Pravin Padwal, deputy commissioner of police, Zone III. The police are likely to record the statement of the actress along with her husband.

However, the case can be dismissed if the actress pays the Rs 48 lakh to BEST.