41. Cutting off or withholding essential supply or service.-
(1) No landlord either himself or through any person purporting to act on his behalf shall without just or sufficient cause cut off or withhold any essential supply or service enjoyed by the tenant in respect of the premises let to him.
(2) If a landlord contravenes the provisions of sub-section (1), the tenant may make an application to the court complaining of such contravention.
(3) If the court is satisfied that the essential supply or service was cut off or withheld by the landlord with a view to compel the tenant to vacate the premises or to pay an enhanced rent, the court may pass an order directing the landlord to restore the amenities immediately pending the inquiry referred to in sub-section (4).
Explanation.-An interim order may be passed under this sub-section without giving notice to the landlord.
(4) If the court on inquiry finds, that the essential supply or service enjoyed by the tenant in respect of the premises was cut off or withheld by the landlord without just or sufficient cause, he shall make an order directing the landlord to restore such supply or service.
(5) The court may in its discretion direct that compensation not exceeding fifty rupees-
(a) be paid to the landlord by the tenant, if the application under sub-section (2) was made frivolously or vaxatiously;
(b) be paid to the tenant by the landlord if the landlord had cut off or withheld the supply or service without just or sufficient cause.
Explanation.-In this section, "essential supply or service" includes supply of water, electricity, lights in passages and on staircases, conservancy and sanitary services.