OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Lahore High Court Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan on Monday suspended a notification of National electric Power Regulatory Authority pertaining to levying Re.1.03 fuel adjustment surcharge for the month of September on industrial consumers in electricity bill of October. Issuing the stay order, the court restrained respondent NEPRA from recovering fuel adjustment surcharge or cutting of electricity connections for non payment of bills till next date of hearing. Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Khan passed the order on 37 identical petitions filed by different industrial units of the province. The petitioners through their counsels submitted that acting retrospectively, Nepra and Lesco are unlawfully recovering fuel adjustment s urcharge for the past month which are now past and enclosed transaction between the consumers and power distribution companies. The further pleaded that notification issued by the respondents imposed huge amount in their bills under an unlawfully added proviso to S.31(4) of the Regulation, Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power Act 1997 (Nepra Act 1997). They said S.31(4) was added in NEPRA Act 1997 by amendment for imposing taxes and surcharges for the past months acting retrospectively which hitherto was not permitted under the law. They prayed to the court to set aside the back dated notification of 23.8. 2011 and cancel section S.31(4) of the Nepra Act, declaring the amendment in it unlawful and unconstitutional. The court, after hearing arguments, suspended the said notification order and sought reply from the respondents. About one ago, the same court had also issued stay order on different petition challenging 20 per cent fuel adjustment. No bail for Gas thief: The Lahore High Court on Monday denied bail to an accused involved in Sui gas theft case. The accused Saqlain through his counsel pleaded that case against him was totally fabricated, therefore, his bail petition be allowed. The state counsel informed the court that the accused had been involved in the theft of both domestic and commercial gas for many years. He said the accused was defaulter of over Rs100 million of Sngpl. The counsel opposed the bail petition and argued that if such elements were not punished the gas loadshedding would not be controlled. After recording the arguments from both sides, the court dismissed bail petition.