The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday summoned responses from the federal government and the Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) by Nov 14 on a petition filed against the increase in petroleum prices.
The petitioner Hanif advocate told the court that several petitions on petroleum prices were pending in the LHC and while response had been summoned from the federal government, the court had not received any reply.
Adding to that, the petition said that instead of defining a proper mechanism of price regulation, the government was continuously increasing petroleum prices.
The petroleum price increase by the government on October 8 was illegal and therefore the notification should be declared void, the petitioner demanded.
Earlier on October 9, the increase in petroleum and gas prices was challenged in the Lahore High Court.
A consumers’ rights organisation had challenged the increase by filing a writ petition and had stated that the increase was a fraud on citizens.