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The price of diesel also continued to scale new highs on Sunday under India's dynamic pricing regime, after remaining unchanged for four successive days.
The duty on IMFL has not been reviewed since 2013, a senior official of the state excise department said on the condition of anonymity.
The plea, filed through advocate A Maitri, said the government cannot delegate the powers to oil firm for fixing the daily price of petrol and diesel.
Fuel prices in the country have been rising almost daily since August 1. They fell only once on August 13 and have been on record levels for over two weeks now.
The minister added that central government had already deducted excise duty on petrol and diesel a few months ago.
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Petrol price in Chennai has breached the Rs 85 mark and is being sold at Rs 85.31 per litre while diesel is being sold at Rs 78.00 per litre.
Petrol in Delhi, which is cheapest among the four metros due to lower taxes, rose to Rs 81.91 per litre on Sunday.
Petrol price touched Rs 85.15 per litre in Tamil Nadu, one of the highest prices in the country.
Abhishek Singhvi condemned the remarks made by Union minister Ramdas Athawale on petrol and diesel, saying they are 'insensitive' and a 'cruel joke' on the people of the country.
Ramdev sidestepped a question on whether he still had faith in Modi which he had reposed in 2014.
Karnataka is likely to bring down the State VAT on petroleum products from Monday that will give relief to users between Rs 2 to 3 per liter on prevailing prices in the State.
Fuel prices continue northward march, petrol sold at Rs 81.28/ltr and diesel at Rs 73.30/ltr in Delhi
The petrol price was increased by 28 paise per litre, while the diesel saw a hike of 22 paise per litre in the national capital, informed the Indian Oil Corporation.
On Tuesday, the petrol price reached a new high, when it was sold at Rs 90.11 in Maharashtra's Parbhani district.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal said on Wednesday that the Centre had called on the states to cut the VAT on the petroleum products.
A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao made it clear it was not inclined to interfere with the government's decision, saying 'there are larger economic issues' involved.