Delhi High Court refuses to interfere on plea over fuel price

Petrol diesel prices scale new highs

Petrol diesel prices scale new highs

Diesel prices also continued to rise as it was sold at Rs 72.97 per litre in the national capital.

Opposition parties have called for a nation-wide "Bharat Bandh" to protest against the spiralling fuel prices.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra minister of state for home and finance Deepak Kesarkar said chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is looking at all possible options to reduce the rise in petrol and diesel prices.

The report said since March, petrol and diesel prices have increased by Rs 5.60 and Rs 6.31 respectively in Delhi.

The prices of petrol and diesel in Goa today are Rs 74.43 per litre and Rs 74.18 per litre, respectively.

Delhi High Court advocate Ajay Tejpal said, "This is a rare instance of the issue of petrol and diesel prices, which has huge consumer interest, being examined legally".

When oil prices were low in 2014-2016, the government had raised duties sharply but it's refusing to cut taxes now when oil rates have recovered, resulting in record fuel prices currently.

The petition has also alleged that the government was spreading "misleading information" by connecting the rising fuel prices here with the global increase in the rate of crude oil as the cost of petrol and diesel did not go down when crude was cheaper. Those living in Parbhani, 500 km away from Mumbai, are paying at least Rs 90.02 per litre due to higher transportation costs.

The VAT on petrol has been reduced from 30 to 26 per cent and from 22 to 18 per cent on diesel, Rajasthan Chief Minister Raje announced at a public gathering in Rawatsar in Hanumangarh district on Sunday.

Here, the prices of both diesel and petrol remain under Rs 80 per litre. The Chief Minister condemned the statement of Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan that petrol prices had increased because of the increase in crude oil prices in the global market and increase in Value-Added Tax by state governments. Mr Naidu in fact said that the central government had failed to reduce the price of petrol and diesel despite the fall in the price of crude oil in the global market.

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