Pakistan

Sugar mills get big relief from Lahore High Court against federal govt

The Lahore High Court suspended the operation of the notices issued by the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) to the sugar mills for alleged manipulation of price of the commodity through cartelization.

The court on Monday suspended the operations of the impugned notices and sought replies from the government and other respondents by November 30.

The court issued the stay order on petitions of eight mills including JDW Sugar Mills of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s estranged leader Jahangir Khan Tareen.

Petitioner counsel submitted

that a four-member bench of the CCP was equally divided on the question of alleged cartelization by the sugar mills and there was no consensus decision. He submitted that the chairman of the CCP exercised his casting vote and turned the decision into majority leading to imposition of penalty on the mills.

He submitted that proceedings before the CCP bench were quasi judicial in nature and the chairman could not use his casting vote to change its decision. He said that the act of the commission’s chairman was in sheer violation of the law.

He requested to set aside the impugned notices for being unlawful and unconstitutional.

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