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Why directive won't be issued to give household gas connections: HC

Published : Monday, 25 October, 2021 at 9:12 PM  Count : 311

Why directive won't be issued to give household gas connections: HC

Why directive won't be issued to give household gas connections: HC


High Court on Monday issued a rule asking why the government's decision to return demand notes' money to household customers, instead of giving them gas connections, would not be declared illegal and unlawful.

At the same time, the High Court asked in its rule why the government's inertia to give gas connections to domestic or household consumers would not be declared unlawful.

Besides, the High Court, in its rule, asked why a directive would not be issued to provide gas connections to household consumers who paid demand note money.

The High Court bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman issued the rule on Monday responding to a writ petition.

Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources' senior secretary, Petrobangla chairman, Titas Gas managing director, Karnaphuli managing director and Bakhrabad Gas managing director were asked to submit their replies to the rules within the next four weeks.

Advocate Md Waziullah arranged the hearing on the writ petition at the court. He was assisted by Azim Uddin Patwary and Afroza Sultana. The state was represented by Deputy Attorney General Bipul Bagmar.

At a monthly coordination meeting on April 27 last, the Energy and Mineral Resources Division under the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources decided that "as there was no scopes of giving household gas connections anew, steps would have to be taken to return money through cross cheques to those who deposited money following the issuance of demand notes in favour of them."

Challenging the government's decision, the Chattogram Gas, Power and Water Consumers' Oikya Jote president Alamgir Noor and secretary general AKM Oliullah Huq, and general consumer Md Nurul Alam submitted a writ petition to the High Court on October 4 last.





Writ petitioners' lawyer Advocate Md Waziullah said the existing law clearly states that 'if money is taken for gas connections issuing demand notes, the government is bound to provide gas connections to applicants [consumers] within a specific time-limit. In spite of taking money of demand notes from the applicants, they were not given gas connections even after the expiry of the specific time-limit. Rather, decision was taken to return their deposits, which was not lawful. Because of it, we have come to the honourable High Court to seek justice, and the honourable High Court issued a rule after the hearing on the writ.'

SZA



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