चोरी का पानी बेचना अपराध FIR UNDER IPC 379 FOR THEFTING WATER FOR COMMERCIAL USE DIGGING ILLEGAL WELL.
Many RO water business are doing extraction of water without proper NOC. It is crime under law.
In October last year, Azad Maidan police had registered an FIR against the Pandyas for groundwater theft worth Rs 73.19 crore over 11 years in connivance with a water tanker operator. As per the FIR, the accused sold nearly 6.10 lakh tankers (of 10,000 litres capacity each) of water with an average cost of Rs 1,200 per tanker for their own benefit. The police had slapped sections 379 and 34 under IPC against the accused based on the evidence provided by Dhoka, the main complainant in the case. Pandyas also allegedly forged building plans to show the presence of wells and obtained power connections illegally to extract water.
The Lokmanya Tilak Marg police station filed a chargesheet against the Pandyas on these grounds. The C Ward office of BMC had also admitted that the wells were added to the original plan by the owners by creating fake documents. The National Green Tribunal had ordered the permanent closure of both the illegal wells on the premises.