Petition against POL prices' hike -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Petition against POL prices’ hike

LAHORE: Chief Justice (CJ) of the Lahore High Court (LHC), Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, while hearing a petition against recent increase in POL prices on Wednesday, directed the petitioner to bring a copy of the impugned notification and an application which he claimed to have filed with the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA).

The CJ then dismissed the petition moved by Mateenul Haq Chaudhry, a lawyer.

The petitioner had submitted that despite the fact that a petition was pending against hike in the oil and petroleum lubricants, both OGRA and the federal government announced the increase, which was unjust.

He said the increase was a cruel act since people had already been suffering due to increase in the prices of all essential commodities.

He submitted that the impugned notification issued by OGRA was unlawful, since it was not approved by the parliament and against rights of the people. “Therefore, it is not sustainable in the eyes of law,” he argued. He requested to the court to grant stay in the case and direct respondents to withdraw the notification.

He contended that the impugned notification was unlawful, ineffective, ultra vires and against the rights of citizens of Pakistan. He pleaded to the court that status quo be granted and implementation of the notification be suspended.
Source: Daily Times
Date:3/3/2011