New Delhi: Annoyed over the recent petrol price hike, the eminent lawyers have termed it as the clear violation of Fundamental Rights (FR).

Supreme Court lawyer DK Garg reminded the former CJI MN Venkatchelliya’s statement in which the former NHRC Chairman had termed the soaring price rise as the violation of FR.

Garg said, “If something violates FR, the court can hear the issue.”

Garg also cites the example of the petition filed by Vinay Chandra Joshi in which it was said that the ruling party had claimed to ease inflation in its manifesto while the prices have gone up since it resumed power.

The new debate has started over the judicial activism. The Kerala High Court has sought the accounting of the oil companies on the soaring petrol price.

Hearing a PIL by former MP P C Thomas against the frequent petrol price hike, a division bench of the Kerala High Court has said that Union and State governments cannot "wash their hands" off and directed the oil companies to produce their balance sheets and quarterly reports before it in three weeks.

Former Justice and Law Commission Member Justice Shiv Kumar said, “The Court has jurisdiction to hear the issue affecting public interest whether it is inflation or something else.”

The court is also empowered to check whether the price has been increased for giving undue profit to traders, added Justice Kumar.
The SC on several occasions has made comment on the issues like free distribution of grains and data of economically weaker section.

JPN/Bureau