LHC orders not to take “coercive actions” against Jahangir Khan Tareen
On Tuesday, LHC ordered the government not to take any “coercive actions” against the sugar mills owned by PTI leader Jahangir Khan Tareen and issued a stay order until the next hearing of a petition contesting the government’s sugar pricing.
During a hearing at LHC, Justice Rasaal Hasan Syed issued the directive.
The petitioner’s lawyer contended at the start of the hearing that the secretary of industries had fixed the ex-mill and retail prices of sugar at Rs84.50 and Rs89.50, respectively, through a notification on July 30.
He claimed that the action was illegal and that the petitioners had been harmed by the sugar price-fixing.
The Lahore High Court ordered the government to hear the sugar mills’ side of the story before setting sugar pricing, however, the petitioners were not heard, and new rates were set by a notification, according to the counsel.
According to the council, the government’s pricing was irrational, contrary to the reality of the cost of production, and sugar could not be sold at these prices.
The council asked the court to declare the notification invalid. A law officer objected to the plea, claiming that the sugar rates were set after 32 sugar mills voiced their opinions. He insisted that all conditions had been met prior to the sugar price being set.
Following the hearing, the court ordered the provincial government to refrain from using coercive measures against the petitioner’s mills until the next hearing.
The court served notices on the Punjab government and other parties involved in the case, requesting responses at the next hearing.
It further directed that all identical petitions be filed in the same case and that the cane commissioner maintain a record of the sugar mills’ supply.
Last year, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the Federal Investigation Agency with investigating the sugar issue, which resulted in a scarcity of the commodity in Pakistan and escalated sugar prices.
He tasked the FIA with determining who profited from the financial crisis.
According to the investigation report issued by the FIA last year, prominent PTI members were among those who benefited from the country’s recent sugar crisis.
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