Anupam Varma


Anupam specialises in dispute resolution and issues related to statutory approvals, licenses for businesses and operations. Anupam has acquired special insights in advising on regulatory, policy and commercial matters related to the power sector and PPP Projects. He handles diverse legal, regulatory and policy issues.

He has extensive experience before diverse fora including the Supreme Court of India, High Courts of various states, National Green Tribunal, Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (ATE), State Electricity Regulatory Commissions and District Courts.

Anupam has advised several private utilities in the electricity sector on diverse legal and regulatory issues, particularly on diverse aspects of electricity reform and restructuring. 

Some of the key assignments handled by him include:

  • Advising on the legal aspects for unbundling, corporatisation, reform and restructuring of generation, transmission and distribution functions in the energy and power sector, including drafting, review of requisite transaction documents with special reference to transfer of assets and personnel
  • Representing Delhi DISCOMs in writ petitions under Article 32 filed before the Supreme Court of India, seeking cost-reflective tariff and liquidation of regulatory assets by the State Electricity Regulatory Commission
  • Successfully defended and advised on:
    • Audit conducted by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) and strategising on various issues during the conduct of audit 
    • Challenge to vires of Performance Standard and Supply Code Regulations under the EA, 2003
    • Issues related to demand side management based on the Star Labelling Scheme of BEE
  • Successfully challenged:
    • Creation of ‘Regulatory Asset’ by the State Electricity Regulatory Commission before the ATE 
    • Tariff orders issued by the Electricity Regulatory Commission before the ATE and the Supreme Court of India
    • Determination of uneconomic tariff for the distribution utilities in the NCT 
  • Advised and handled diverse matters pertaining to: 
    • The writ jurisdiction of the High Courts and Public Interest Litigations before Supreme Court & High Courts 
    • Suspension of electricity distribution license before various Electricity Regulatory Commissions and the ATE 
    • Various issues relating to establishment of electrical infrastructure, power grids, electrification, shifting and relocation of network, capital works & network issues, street lighting, metering, billing, tariff issues, safety and statutory compliances disputes with development and civic agencies in the NCT 
    • Transfer of electricity distribution network and installations from one state to another, on account of demarcation of inter-state territorial boundaries before the High Court of Delhi
    • Municipal Taxation, Electricity Tax and levy of Service Tax on regulated entities 
    • Regulatory strategy for corporate debt restructuring for the electricity distribution utilities in the NCT 
  • Advised Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) on:
    • Policy, statutory and regulatory framework concerning check testing of appliances and equipment under the BEE Labelling Scheme that falls within the ambit of Energy Conservation Act 
    • Provisions of the Energy Conservation Act and its applicability in terms of laying down fuel economy standards/norms for motor vehicles notified by the Central Government 
  • Advised clients in the energy efficiency space and dealt with policy and regulatory issues in the electric vehicles sector, standards and labelling programme, fuel economy norms and related issues 
  • Acted for Delhi Distribution Utilities in the NCT of Delhi on various aspects of employee liability as a consequence of reform, restructuring and under-funding of terminal benefit liabilities by the Government of Delhi
  • Advised on issues related to personnel, service matters, and litigation related to voluntary separation schemes and allied issues of transfer of personnel and HR policies
  • Advised utilities and entities on street lighting projects involving conversion from halogen to LED and allied issues

PRACTICE AREAS

SECTORS

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Bar Council of India
  • Delhi High Court Bar Association
  • Supreme Court of India Bar Association

EDUCATION

  • B.A (Hons.)
  • M.A. (History)
  • LL.B

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

  • English
  • Hindi

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