The High Court on Tuesday (July 19) directed the government to set up adequate mobile courts in Dhaka and Chittagong metropolis to rein in the skyrocketing price of essentials during the Ramadan.
The court also directed the government to take legal action against the people responsible for increasing the prices.
The court directive came in response to a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB), a rights organisation, on Sunday.
An HC bench comprising Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore also ordered the police to assist the mobile courts as per their need to run their job.
The HRPB filed the writ petition with the HC seeking directives on the government to stop price hike of essentials during Ramadan.
The HC also asked the government to submit a report on the progress of setting up of mobile courts and their functions to the court in seven days.
The court issued a rule upon the government to explain in 10 days why its inaction to stop price hike of essential commodities should not be declared illegal.
In the rule, the court also asked the government to explain why it should not be directed to take effective steps to control the prices of commodities.