The High Court has issued a ruling upon the concerned bodies of the government to explain in four weeks as to why they should not be directed to give gas connections to the residential areas for household use.
The High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order on Monday after holding a hearing on a writ petition filed n this regard.
The court also wanted to know as to why the decision to pay back the money of the consumers without giving gas connection to the residential areas should not be declared illegal and as to why the inaction of the government in giving the gas connection to the residential areas should not be declared illegal.
Power secretary, Petrobangla chairman, managing directors of the Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited, Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited, and Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company Limited have been asked to comply with the ruling within four weeks.
Advocate Md Ozi Ullah appeared in the hearing on behalf of the writ petitioners, while Deputy Attorney General Bepul Bagmar represented the state.
Ministry of power on April 27 this year took a decision to refund money to the new applicants who had earlier deposited money for household gas connections.
Challenging the government decision two consumers from Chattogram, AKM Oliullah Haque and Md Nurul Alam filed a writ petition with the High Court on October 4 this year.
Mr. Ozi Ullah said as per law the government is bound to give gas connection if they receive money against any demand note. But the government has taken the decision to refund the money which is contrary to the law, he added.