LAHORE: Providing an interim relief to the consumers, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday ordered the payment of electricity bills without including in it the amount to be paid under the head of fuel adjustment.

During the hearing of petitions filed against the fuel adjustment tax, the court while issuing notices to the federal government, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) and other respondents in the case, sought their replies.

The court also said it would hear this and other identical petitions together on September 14, 2022. The petitioners said that the electricity prices had gone further up following the federal government’s decision to include the fuel adjustment tax in the electricity bills.

The levy of the tax was not as per the law, they said, and prayed to the court to not only declare the notification issued in this regard null and void but also order the LESCO and other power distributing companies not to include fuel adjustment tax in the electricity bills until the court gave its decision on the petition.