Government decision to hike gas price remains effective
The High Court has rejected a writ petition filed seeking a stay order on the recent gas price hike.
The bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal rejected the petition, filed by Advocate Dr Md Eunus Ali Akond, on Tuesday.
Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Ekramul Huq represented the state.
“I have explained to the court that there has been no violation of the law in hiking the gas price as the authorities concerned held mass hearings on the gas price and issued a notice in this regard before hiking the gas price,” DAG Ekramul Huq said.
Meanwhile, Advocate Akond said, state counsel convinced the court that the gas price was hiked as per the law and therefore, the government decision to hike the gas price will remain effective.
“Section 22 and 34 of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission Act 2003 is contradictory with the Article 7, 15, 26 and 31 of the Bangladesh Constitution. I will file a new writ challenging Section 22 and 34 of the law,” the lawyer added.
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The petition, filed on July 4, sought the court's rule asking the authorities concerned of the government to explain why decision of increasing gas price should not be declared illegal.
Earlier, another HC bench refused to hear the writ and suggested the lawyer to move to another bench.
The government raised the price of gas from July 1, in eight categories—including that of household users, despite persistent opposition from consumer rights groups.
According to the latest announcement by Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC), the new weighted average price of gas at the consumer level is Tk9.8 per cubic foot, a 32% increase from Tk7.38.
On Sunday, the Left Democratic Alliance (LDA) observed a half-day nationwide general strike to protest the latest hike in gas price.