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HC order on move to hike gas prices on March 31

March 14, 2019 00:00:00

The High Court will deliver its order on March 31 on a writ petition filed challenging the government's move to hike gas prices, reports UNB.

The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader fixed the date on Wednesday after hearing the writ filed by Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB).

Petitioner's counsel Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua said Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) on October 16, 2018 turned down the proposals of Petrobangla and its subsidiary companies to hike the gas prices.

Later, a writ was filed with the High Court and it issued a rule. Though the rule is pending, they served a notice for public hearing for on gas tariff-hike proposals.

"We filed the petition seeking a stay on the effective of the notice. After concluding hearing, the court fixed March 31 for passing its order," he said, describing the BERC's process for public hearing as 'unlawful' as there is no rule to hold public hearing twice in a fiscal year.

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