ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday rejected a plea by CNG station owners for hike in the gas price and sought details from Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) about CNG licences along with audit reports, SAMAA reported.
A two-member bench of the apex court, comprising Justice Jawad S.Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, resumed hearing of the case.
In his remarks, Khawaja said the court has its own powers and that it has nothing to do with whether the pricing formula issue was on agenda of the federal cabinet.
On onset of the hearing, the counsel for OGRA presented his arguments in the court.
The court sought details from him as to how many applications were received for CNG stations licences; how many of them were accepted; how many licence requests were rejected and how many accepted.
The court enquired of what action was taken on violation of law when licences were being issued. “These details are necessary before we proceed further,” Justice Khawaja said.
The bench ordered OGRA to submit details of tariff and audit reports of CNG stations.
Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, lawyer of the Sindh CNG Association, contended that the court doesn’t have an authority to decide CNG price.
Speaking to media outside the court, Chairman CNG Association Ghayyas Paracha said that court’s decision regarding the pricing formula would be accepted by the CNG dealers.
The court, later, adjourned the case till tomorrow (Thursday) and directed OGRA to submit details of licences for CNG stations along with their audit report. -- SAMAA