LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Monday expressed serious concerns over the allegations of corruption against price control magistrates and sought reply from the district coordination officer by June 18.

Khawar Ali, a vendor of Dharam Pura, had filed the petition submitting that price control magistrates were demanding bribery from the small shopkeepers and vendors. They put heavy fine and lodged FIRs against shopkeepers who denied them corruption, said the petitioner.

He alleged that Ishratullah Khan, a price control magistrate, lodged fake FIR against his brother Danyal, who is of 7th class student. The petitioner said it had become a common practice that price control magistrates demanded bribery from the small shopkeepers and harassed them.

After hearing the initial arguments, Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan expressed serious concerns over corruption allegations against price control magistrates and sought reply from DCO by June 18.

Fuel Adjustment in Electricity bills: The Lahore High Court on Monday restrained power distribution companies from using the amount they had collected under the head of fuel adjustment in a petition challenging fuel adjustment charges in electricity bills.

The court also issued notice to power distribution companies and sought replies. A petitioner had challenged fuel adjustment charges in electricity bills submitting that there was no law on the collection of amount under the head of fuel adjustment. The petitioner further said that such amount was burden over the common citizens. He requested the court to order the power distribution companies not to collect amount under fuel adjustment charges.