SC orders LHC to decide sugar prices’ case in 15 days

By: News Desk      Published: 11:35 AM, 17 Aug, 2021
SC orders LHC to decide sugar prices’ case in 15 days
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Sending the sugar prices’ case back to the Lahore High Court (LHC), the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ordered the former to pronounce verdict in the case in 15 days, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The LHC also received from the SC its four-page verdict on the interim relief granted to the sugar mills’ owners, which had been penned down by a three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial.

In its decision, the SC writes that it was not LHC’s job to take up the case of fixation of prices of items of essential use for hearing since it had nothing to do with it. “The courts are not supposed to interfere in the matters not falling in their domain. Their job is to settle legal disputes arising between the parties,” reads the verdict.

The apex court also ordered the initiation of criminal proceedings against the party which kept the case pending.

The SC also directed the cane commissioner to go ahead with his assignment of keeping the record of sale of sugar by the mills’ owners.

The federal government had challenged the interim order under which the mills’ owners were allowed to sell sugar at rates of their liking.

Meanwhile, sources told 24News that the federal government had hired the services of Deputy Attorney General Asad Ali Bajwa to represent it in the case.

Reporter Malik Ashraf