LAHORE - Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif on Tuesday stayed unauthorised increase in fares by urban transport services. The chief justice issued this order while hearing a suo moto notice and constituted a special division bench to proceed further as he observed, the matter pertains to grave importance. Earlier, the secretary road transport authority, secretary transport and secretary general Urban Transport Owners Association appeared before the court. The acting advocate general Punjab also assisted the court on the matter. On courts query, the secretary general of the association said the fares were increased due to unavoidable expenditures. At this the CJ observed that the transporters should wind up their businesses if they could not bear the expenses instead of adding to the miseries of people. Justice Sharif also observed that were the secretaries sleeping when the transporters increased fares at their own. Nobody would be allowed to play havoc with poor people, the chief justice warned the transporters. He further asked the authorities to set-up a committee to determine transport fares after the increase in petrol and gas prices. The CJ adjourned further hearing of the suo moto case till Jan 12, when the division bench would take up the matter afresh. The bench will be comprised of the chief justice and Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry. According to details, transporters had increased the minimum one-stop bus and wagon fare from Rs10 to Rs15 and the maximum fare from Rs30 to Rs35 without any official notification.