Judges refuse to halt LPG price hikes
- Published: 9 Oct 2013 at 07.59
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The Central Administrative Court has refused a request for an injunction to suspend government-ordered price hikes for household cooking gas.
The cabinet approved on Aug 13 a plan to increase the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for household use by 50 satang/kg every month for 13 months, beginning Sept 1.
The injunction request was filed on Aug 29 by Foundation for Consumers secretary-general Saree Aongsomwang, Confederation of Consumer Organisations chairwoman Bunyuen Siritha and Bangkok senator Rosana Tositrakul.
The group also filed a lawsuit against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the cabinet and the Energy Policy Committee (EPC), asking the court to repeal the approval of the plan.
The group asked for the price hikes to be suspended until the court rules on the case.
Court spokesman Phairote Minden said yesterday there was not enough evidence suggesting the EPC decision was illegal, as claimed by the group.
There was therefore insufficient grounds to issue the injunction, he said.
The court noted the price increase is intended to be a gradual process lasting 13 months and the EPC is responsible for devising measures to ease the impacts on consumers.
It said the price hikes have had only a minimal effect on the public.