HC stops gas price hike phase -II

HC stops gas price hike phase -II

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Dhaka – The High Court Division of the Supreme Court yesterday declared the second phase of the gas price hike for household uses illegal.The High Court bench of Justice Jinat Ara and Justice Kazi MD Izarul Haque Akand passed the order on Sunday after the final hearing on a rule in this regard. Besides, the court directed Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) to issue a notice about it before August 1.
After this order, the previous gas prices will be effective from next month. The petitioner’s lawyer Subrata Chowdhury said, the customers will now get back the increased price, they have already paid.
Earlier, on July 24, the BERC Chairman Monowar Islam said that the gas prices had been increased for all types of consumers which will come into effect in two phases.
Later, architect Mobassher Hossain, convener of the Consumer Association Bangladesh (CAB) filed the writ petition challenging the legality of the 2nd phase gas hike on February 27. – Special Correspondent

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