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Why fuel price hike sans public hearing not illegal: HC 

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Update: 2022-08-16 17:36:53
Why fuel price hike sans public hearing not illegal: HC 

The High Court (HC) on Tuesday (Aug 16) issued a rule asking authorities concerned to explain why the decision of increasing the price of petroleum products without holding any public hearing should not declare illegal.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo passed the order after holding hearing on a writ petition filed in this regard.

"As per the existing law, the decision to increase the price of fuel can be taken by Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC), that too after holding public hearing. There is no scope of increasing the fuel price by any other authorities," said Advocate Eunus Ali Akond. 

Deputy Attorney General Arbind Kumar Roy stood for the state.

On August 8, Advocate Eunus Ali Akond filed the writ making Energy Secretary, Deputy Secretary and BERC chairman as respondents.

The government on August 5 readjusted the price of petroleum at the consumer level considering the uptrend of the cost in global market under the current world situation.

BDST:1736 HRS, AUG 16, 2022

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