LAHORE - A petition Tuesday was filed in the Lahore High Court challenging the levy of new electricity surcharge.

Judicial Activism Panel’s chairman Advocate Azhar Siddique filed the petition submitting that the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) had been working as a government institution instead of an independent one and protecting government interests.

He said Nepra imposed a new surcharge of Rs 110 million under the name of gas development surcharge which was initially to be collected from the power supply companies, but had been conveniently been laid upon the consumers.

The petitioner prayed the court to set aside the levy of the surcharge for being illegal.

Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court converted the application seeking recovery of Tanzeem-i-Sepah-e-Sahaba (a banned outfit) leader Syed Ghulam Raza Naqvi into a bail application and directed the police to produce him in the court on next hearing.

Police officers on behalf of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) told the court that an FIR had been registered against Syed Ghulam Raza Naqvi and had been in the custody of CTD.

However, the police officials could not tell the court about sections under which the FIR was registered. Abu Turab Naqbi had filed the application for the recovery of Syed Ghulam Raza Naqbi through Advocate Khurram Latif Khosa and submitted that the application for the recovery of the accused should be converted into bail application.

The bench headed by Justice Muhammad Anwarul Haq accepted the petitioner’s plea and converted the application for recovery into bail application.