HC halts gas price hike from June 1

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Dhaka, February 28: The High Court (HC) on Tuesday stayed the gas price hike for six months and also questioned the legality of the government decision to increase the gas price in two phases.

An HC bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan, after nearing on a writ filed challenging increase in gas price, issued a ruling asking the authorities concerned of the government to explain why the public notification for increasing the gas price from March 1 and June 1 should not be declared illegal.

The writ was filed by Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) against energy secretary and Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) chairman to defend.

BERC on February 23 raised gas prices for all consumers by 22.7 percent and decided to implement the hike in two phases.

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