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Supreme Court may strike down power tariff hike

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on Tuesday took notice of a sharp increase in electricity tariff announced by the government yesterday. In his remarks, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said those who pay the bill are being further burdened with high tariff. He said all cases will be adjourned, but the court...

SAMAA | - Posted: Oct 1, 2013 | Last Updated: 8 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Oct 1, 2013 | Last Updated: 8 years ago

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on Tuesday took notice of a sharp increase in electricity tariff announced by the government yesterday. In his remarks, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said those who pay the bill are being further burdened with high tariff. He said all cases will be adjourned, but the court would not allow this hike. “Oil prices have dropped across the world but here gone up. Who is responsible for this?” he questioned. The chief justice hinted that he could issue an interim order in this regard. NEPRA Chairman said that the hike was decided by the government despite distribution companies willing to cut the power rates first time in history. He said that electricity tariff would be slashed next month. Justice Jawad S. Khawaja remarked it is simply a robbery on peoples’ pockets. The government, he said, cannot announce the tariff and that it was prerogative of the NEPRA. The chief justice asked the government to formally submit the notification in this regard. “The court will issue an interim order if the notification is found to be illegal,” Justice Chaudhry said. – SAMAA

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