Hearing on writ challenging bus fare hike today
Published: 11:24 AM, 2 June 2020 Updated: 11:25 AM, 2 June 2020
The High Court is likely to hear a writ petition on Tuesday, that has been filed with the court challenging a gazette notification sanctioning 60 percent fare hikes in public transport.
A virtual bench headed by High Court Justice JBM Hasan is set to hear the writ petition.
Earlier on Sunday, the Road, Transport and Bridges Ministry issued the gazette notification increasing fares for inter-district and long routes buses and minibuses by 60 percent from existing Tk 1.42 per kilometer.
On Monday, Supreme Court lawyer Humayun Kabir Pallab filed the writ with the concerned bench seeking cancellation of the gazette.
The writ also sought HC rule seeking explanation as to why the gazette should not be declared illegal. Road, Transport and Bridges Ministry secretary, BRTA chairman and Prime Minister’s principal secretary were made respondent to the writ petition.
The writ was filed for public interest as the decision of fare hike is irrational and discriminatory, lawyer Humayun Kabir Pallab said.