The High Court Division on Tuesday directed the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission to submit a report in 30 days about what steps it had taken against illegally raising the prices of liquefied petroleum gas in cylinders.
A bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader issued the directive after hearing a supplementary application of the Consumers Association of Bangladesh.
On November 13, 2016, the court had issued a rule after hearing CAB’s writ petition on the same issue.
The supplementary application was filed as the LPG prices were increased as the disposal of the writ petition is still pending.
Petitioner’s lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua submitted that BERC was yet to reply to the rule in which it was asked to explain why its inaction to re-fix LPG tariff by holding a public hearing and considering petitioner’s application would not be declared as illegal and why it would not be directed to re-fix the LPG Tarif by holding public hearing as per section 34 of the BERC Act 2003.
He also submitted that the BERC was legally authorized to regulate LPG prices the BERC left the matter to importers and dealers.
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