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HC refuses to interfere on plea over fuel price

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The High Court on Wednesday refused to interfere in a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking the sale of petrol and diesel at reasonable prices instead of letting companies increase the rates exorbitantly.

A bench of and Justice said they cannot issue any direction to the to fix a "fair price" of petrol and diesel as it is a policy matter which involved "larger economic issues".

However, the court asked the government to consider an earlier representation pending before it on price rise of petrol and diesel and listed the matter for further hearing on November 16.

The court was hearing a plea filed by Delhi-based through her A. Maitri.

Mahajan had filed a similar plea in July but the High Court had then directed the Centre to treat the as a representation.

The petitioner has sought a directive to the to fix a "fair price" of petrol and diesel in line with the Essential Commodities Act.

"Instead of fixing a fair price, the government has delegated the powers to Manufacturing Companies (OMC) and this kind of procedure being followed by the government is unconstitutional, illegal and contrary to the mandate of the Section 3(1) of the Essential Commodities Act," the plea read.

"The government is not playing its true role which the government ought to have played but instead of that it has given a free hand to these companies to exploit the public at large and to charge/demand enhanced prices by assuming and presuming the cost of at the international level."

The petitioner also alleged that the oil companies had stopped increasing the prices when the election campaign was going on.

"There is no explanation on the part of government/OMCs why the fuel prices remained static for approximately 22 days during the elections. This factual position does establish that the government is indirectly controlling the fuel prices," the plea added.



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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 14:20 IST