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SC rejects PIL against rise in fuel prices

The Supreme Court of India declined to entertain a Public Interest questioning the daily increase in prices of petrol and diesel.

A three-judge bench warned the petitioner that if he pressed to argue on the prayers in the PIL, then he could end up paying a heavy fine for filing the plea. The petition filed by Kerala-based advocate, contended that price of petrol and diesel were unreasonable in the backdrop of low crude oil price. The petitioner moved the apex court seeking directions to the center to reduce the price of petrol and diesel.

Courts refrain from exercising judicial review over the economic policy decisions, which fall within the exclusive domain of the executive. The court said: “Do you want to argue this case because if you do, we will impose heavy costs.” Petitioner submitted before the bench, if that was the view of the court then he would withdraw the plea filed by his client. Notably, retail prices of fuel here do not solely depend on crude oils prices. Various factors are included in determining the price.

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