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HC declares second phase gas price hike illegal

The High Court (HC) today declared illegal the second phase hike in gas price for household consumers, enforced from June 2017.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice Zinat Ara and Justice Kazi Md. Ejarul Haque Akondo passed the order while disposing of a rule issued earlier in this regard.

"The court has declared government`s decision of increasing the gas price in second phase. But the household gas consumers will not get back the extra price they have already paid. The court also pardoned government`s realizing of extra money from the consumers," said advocate Subrata Chowdhury, who moved the writ filed by Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB).

The lawyer said the court order will come into force from August 1.

Earlier on June 5, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court stayed the High Court order that had stayed for six months the government decision of second phase hike in gas price.

The apex court also ordered to dispose of the rule issued by the High Court in this regard, by July 31.

On May 30, Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain stayed the High Court order and sent the matter to the apex court full bench for further hearing.

The High Court had passed the initial order on February 28, asking the concerned authorities to explain why the public notification of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) for increasing the gas price should not be declared illegal.

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