Pakistan

LHC bars Punjab govt from taking coercive measures against sugar mills

Justice Sajid Mahmood Sethi of Lahore High Court on Monday ordered the Punjab and district governments from taking coercive measures against the sugar mills owners for the implementation of sugar price.

The judge restrained the government from taking coercive measures against the mills and sought a reply by September 29. Judge also directed a provincial law officer to convey this order to the government and submit a report.

The judge issued the restraining order on a number of petitions moved by sugar mill owners challenging the government’s action of forcibly lifting sugar from their warehouses.

Petitioners’ counsel submitted that the government had lifted over 1288 metric tons of sugar from the mills and also sealed some of the sugar mills.

He apprised that on-court directions on the matter of price fixation was pending with the appellate committee of the ministry of food. He submitted that even then, the concerned deputy commissioners issued orders for the seizure of the sugar stock despite the pendency of the matter.

He asserted that the action of the deputy commissioners was sheer illegal and also amounted to contempt of court. He requested to set aside the impugned action for being illegal.

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