MUMBAI: The state government on Tuesday submitted before the Bombay High Court that before forming any broad based committee as suggested by the court, it would like to file an affidavit in order to justify the recent autorickshaw and taxi fare hike.

A division bench comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and A Sayed was hearing public interest litigation filed by Mumbai Grahak Panchayat, a consumer body, challenging the fare hike.

Appearing the state additional government pleader S S Shinde told the court that a meeting was held between concerned ministers and secretaries in which the government has decided to stand by Hakeem Committee recommendations.

The court had earlier criticised the government’s decision to increase fares on the basis of recommendations of single-member committee of former transport secretary P M A Hakeem and directed the government to form another committee including experts from various fields to look into the fare hike.

Posting the matter on November 22, the court has asked the government to file its affidavit and also directed the petitioner to amend the petition and include all the loopholes and grievances.

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