Delhi High Court declines to interfere in issue of fuel prices, says it’s an economic policy decision


Delhi High Court declines to interfere in issue of fuel prices, says it’s an economic policy decision

Daily change in fuel prices was a “economic policy decision” of the central government and the courts must remain away from it, the Delhi High Court said Wednesday.

A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice VK Rao made it clear it was not inclined to interfere with the government’s decision, saying “there are larger economic issues” involved. “It is an economic policy matter of the government. There are larger economic issues. The courts must remain away from it. Government may do it (fix a fair price). We cannot issue a mandamus (direction) to them to do it,” the court said.

The bench was hearing a PIL by Delhi-based designer, Puja Mahajan, challenging the daily rise in fuel rates and seeking a direction to the Centre to fix a fair price for petrol and diesel by treating them as essential commodities.

The petition, filed through advocate A Maitri, also claimed that Mahajan’s representation to the central government on the issue has not yet been decided. Read More

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