The High Court is likely to hear a writ petition today, which challenges the legality of the government’s gazette hiking bus fares by 60 percent.
Supreme Court lawyer Barrister M Humaun Kabir Pallob filed the petition on behalf of the rights organization Law and Life Foundation on Monday.The petitioner contended that increase in bus fare will intensify suffering of the people who are already hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Besides, the hike in bus fare at this moment is a kind of oppression and contradictory to citizens’ fundamental rights ensured by the Constitution, he said.
Secretary of the Ministry of Road, Transport, and Bridges and Chairman of BRTA have been made respondents to the writ petition.
Meanwhile, another Supreme Court lawyer Moniruzzaman Lincon sent a legal notice to the government seeking stay of the gazette hiking bus fare.