PIL in HC against daily price re­vi­sion

Financial Chronicle - - FUNDAMENTALS, POLITICS -

A PIL was moved in the Delhi High Court on Tues­day against the daily change in the rates of petrol and diesel in the coun­try. The pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion was men­tioned be­fore a bench of Chief Jus­tice Ra­jen­dra Menon and Jus­tice VK Rao, which al­lowed it to be listed for hear­ing on Wed­nes­day.

The plea by Puja Ma­ha­jan, a res­i­dent of the na­tional capital, sought di­rec­tions to the cen­tral gov­ern­ment to treat petrol and diesel as “es­sen­tial com­modi­ties” and fix a “fair price” for the pe­tro­leum prod­ucts.

The pe­ti­tion, filed through ad­vo­cate A Maitri, al­leged that the gov­ern­ment had “in­di­rectly given im­plied con­sent” to the oil man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies (OMCs) to hike the petrol and diesel prices at their own “whims and fan­cies”.

It claimed that the im­plied con­sent was ev­i­dent from the lack of re­vi­sion in fuel prices for around 22 days in the run-up to the Kar­nataka Assem­bly polls.

The pe­ti­tion also al­leged that the gov­ern­ment was spread­ing “mis­lead­ing in­for­ma­tion” by con­nect­ing the ris­ing fuel prices here with the global in­crease in the rate of crude oil as the cost of petrol and diesel did not go down when crude was cheaper than now.

The pe­ti­tioner said in July, she had moved a sim­i­lar plea, which the court had dis­posed of by ask­ing the Cen­tre to treat it as a rep­re­sen­ta­tion and take a de­ci­sion. How­ever, since the gov­ern­ment had not taken a de­ci­sion till date on her rep­re­sen­ta­tion, she filed the present pe­ti­tion, the plea said.

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