ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Wednesday, while rejecting a plea by CNG station owners for a hike in gas price, called details from the OGRA regarding the actions taken each year against filling stations for not complying with the terms and conditions as prescribed in their licences or in the applicable rules. The court also sought from the Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority the details about the total number of applications received for setting up CNG stations each year, since 2002, and ruled that CNG price must remain same until a decision was handed down in the case. A two-judge bench of Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain also directed the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to submit the details about CNG station owners, who have filed their tax returns and the amount of taxes, if any, paid by them during the past three years. The details the court sought from the Ogra included “total number of applications rejected each year since 2002; total number of applicants allowed provisional licences each year; total number of marketing licences allowed each year; total number of stations actually set up each year that became operational; total number of stations that have provided audited accounts and income tax returns each year since 2002”. During the proceedings, the bench was informed by the Ogra’s counsel that a very limited number of persons had submitted their audited accounts and the majority had failed to do so despite the body’s demand.Upon this the court observed that “the demand for audited accounts is supported prima facie, by the statute ie the Ogra ordinance and the rules framed there under and under other statutes.The bench also said that reference was made to a report, which had been prepared by a firm of accountants. “That report, however is prima facie, incomplete as it does not take into account the audited accounts of 3,395 CNG stations, which are permitted to sale CNG.” The court also noted that as per the statement filed by the Ogra, 3,395 CNG stations were currently licenced by the Ogra to operate in Pakistan.Justice Jawwad said that a mafia was very active regarding the fixation of CNG price and the government had fixed the rate of gas, which was asked by that mafia.Meanwhile, Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, counsel for the CNG association, contended that it was not the job of the court to fix gas price but of the government. He said that due to the SC order, more than 3,000 CNG stations were close down.Upon this, Justice Jawwad said the government should take notice regarding the matter as one section of society was affected due to non-supply of CNG. The hearing of the case was adjourned till Thursday (today).