The Apex Court bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam issued notice on the PIL by CPI leader and senior parliamentarian Gurudas Dasgupta contending that the government decided to hike the gas prices without taking into account its disastrous consequences on the country's economy, particularly power and the fertilizer sector.

Dasgupta contended that the price hike was decided even when five Cabinet ranking ministers had opposed the move. The PIL sought the enforcement of relinquishment laws by which government should reclaim 80 percent of the KG Basin gas field that has not been utilized by Reliance.


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