CHIEF Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry's absence constrained the Supreme Court to adjourn the hearing of the petroleum prices case for August 20, but only after the petitioner's counsel had submitted his objections to the report of the Rana Bhagwandas Commission on Oil Prices Mechanism. The disclosure was startling: Between July 2001 and April 2006, oil refineries and marketing companies had earned up to 3500 percent profit. Even at a time when the oil prices in the international market registered a substantial dip, they continued to fleece the poor public. Now that the issue is before the apex court, it is hoped that their lordships would look into the factors restraining the Commission from taking note of the report prepared by the National Accountability Bureau about the affairs of the Oil Companies Advisory Committee. The importance of rationalization of oil prices cannot be disputed.