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Dhaka Tuesday,  Jan 22, 2019

HC asks why power price hike shouldn’t be deemed illegal

The High Court has issued a rule asking why it should not declare the recent decisions to raise the price of wholesale and retail electricity to be illegal.

Justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal made the rule after an initial hearing of a petition from the Consumer Association of Bangladesh on Sunday.

The petition was filed on behalf of the pro-consumer group by CAB convener and architect Mubasshar Hussein on May 23.

Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua represented the petitioners at the hearing while Deputy Attorney General Motaher Hossain Saju represented the state.

The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission, the BERC chairman and the power and mineral resources secretary must respond to the rule within four weeks, according to the HC.

The BERC raised the price of electricity by Tk 0.35 per unit, or 5.3 percent. The price hike was implemented in December.

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