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29/02/2024
Laws of Bangladesh

The Electricity Act, 1910

( ACT NO. IX OF 1910 )

Criminal Offences and Procedure

Penalty for installation of artificial means, etc.
39A. Whoever installs or uses any device, contrivance or artificial means for dishonest abstraction, consumption or use of energy of a licensee, whether he derives any benefit therefrom or not, 1[shall be punishable with imprisonment of either description for a term which shall not be less than three years but which may extend to five years and shall also be liable to fine which may extend to twenty thousand taka] and if it is proved that any device, contrivance or artificial means for such abstraction, consumption or use exists or has existed on a premises, it shall be presumed, unless the contrary is proved, that such person has committed an offence under this section.
 
 
Explanation. − In this section, “artificial means” include-
 
 
(a) making of direct electrical connection from the aerial line through artificial jumper;
 
 
(b) making of direct electrical connection from transformers, cable, meter's main terminals and from consumer's installations through artificial wiring;
 
 
(c) disconnecting the potential link from the meter terminals by means of a plier, screw driver, cuter or any other instruments;
 
 
(d) breaking the glass cover of a meter or drilling hole in the casing or covering of a meter by any means;
 
 
(e) stopping or slowing the revolutions of a meter disc by artificial magnet; or
 
 
(f) stopping or slowing or reversing the revolutions of the meter disc by changing the phase sequence of meter through artificial electrical circuit.]

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    The words "shall be punishable with imprisonment of either description for a term which shall not be less than three years but which may extend to five years and shall also be liable to fine which may extend to twenty thousand taka" were substituted, for the words and commas "shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years, or with fine which may extend to ten thousand taka, or with both" by section 3 of the Electricity (Amendment) Act, 2006 (Act No. V of 2006)
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