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North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) Friday filed a petition before Delhi High Court asking it to direct the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) to determine the tariff for 2010-2011.

In an application before a division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Manmohan, NDPL, a joint venture of Tata power company and the Delhi government, said that litigation has put the company in a financial crisis.

The bench was hearing a public suit accusing the government of succumbing to pressure from discoms and directing the DERC not to issue a new tariff order for 2010-11.

According to the company, about 60-70 percent of finance goes towards power distribution and 10-12 percent goes towards the maintenance, salaries of staff and administrative expenses.

Earlier, the bench had rapped the government and the commission for their ongoing tussle over fixing of new power tariff for the national capital.

Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati, who assisted the court, had earlier said state government had no power to interfere with a decision taken by DERC and could only issue guidelines which the commission could consider.

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