Second phase gas price hike illegal: HC

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Dhaka, July 30: The High Court on Sunday declared the increase of second phase gas price for the domestic use from June 01 illegal.

An HC bench comprising Justice Zinat Ara and Justice Kazi M Ijarul Haque Akand passed the order after a writ petition in this regard.

It, however, condoned the tariff already collected from the consumers for the months of last June and July.

Petitioner’s counsel Advocate Mohammad Saiful Alam said the gas price for industries and other uses will remain as it is.

Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has been asked to issue a notice on August 1 circulating the HC directives, the lawyer said.

Advocate Saiful aslo said the public notice issued by the BERC on February 23 increasing the gas price in two phases has been declared illegal and therefore, the BERC cannot enhance the gas price twice in a fiscal year.

The lawyer said the HC observations will be known once its full verdict is released.

On February 23, Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) raised gas prices for all consumers by 22.7 percent and decided to implement the hike in two phases.