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Non-implementation of sugar prices reduction orders anger IHC

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

15th Jun, 2020. 06:24 pm
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Non-implementation of sugar prices reduction orders anger IHC

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has expressed annoyance over non-compliance with court orders to reduce sugar prices.

The Islamabad High Court heard Rahim Yar Khan’s application to be a party in the sugarcane farmer’s sugar mills case.

The apex court granted the application of sugarcane farmer to become a party in the case of Sugar Mills.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Athar Minallah sought a report from Additional Attorney General Tariq Khokhar on the implementation of the order to reduce the price of sugar.

The Additional Attorney General said that correspondence was going on but sugar was not available in the market at Rs 70 per kg.

On this, the Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court remarked that the matter was over, then the main case would be put up for hearing soon.

The Additional Attorney General said that the issue of fixing sugar prices was important in the restraining order.

Justice Athar Minallah said that the court could not fix the prices in this way, it was the job of the administration.

Sugar Mills case background

The recent forensic audit report of the Sugar Inquiry Commission on the Sugar Crisis has recommended registration of criminal cases against those involved in the sugar scandal and recovery, while the report suggested that the recovery amount should be counted and istribute to farmers.

In the light of the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry report, the government has decided to refer the Rs 29 billion subsidies on sugar to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and tax matters to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). The State bank and the Commission have also been directed to take action against the sugar mills.

But the Sugar Mills Association has challenged the investigation report of the Sugar Mills Commission in the Islamabad High Court. The Sugar Mills Association is of the view that the Commission did not meet the legal requirements while investigating the rise in sugar prices and the crisis.

During the hearing of the case on June 11, the Islamabad High Court had ordered the sale of sugar at Rs 70 per kg, suspending the execution for 10 days, according to the Sugar Commission report.

Also read: IHC stops gov from taking action on sugar inquiry commission report

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