SC rejects govt plea to set aside order barring action on sugar commission report
July 2, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court has rejected the federal government’s plea challenging the Sindh High Court (SHC) decision which prevented it from taking action against sugar mill owners on sugar inquiry commission report. A three-member bench under Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed heard the case today on the plea filed against the SHC’s decision which had stopped the government from taking action against sugar mill owners held responsible for the sugar price hike earlier this year. During the hearing, the government’s lawyers asked the court to see whether the commission was impartial and also heard the stance of the sugar mill owners. The chief justice inquired as to how the sugar inquiry commission report can impact the mill owners, asking them about their concerns on the matter. Justice Gulzar also remarked that the situation was caused by the government itself as it opens an inquiry which leads to court cases. Justice Ijazul Ahsan inquired that whether the SHC has been apprised of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) decision which it gave over the case. Attorney General Khalid Jawed Khan said the verdict has been mentioned in the petition filed by sugar millers but not in the SHC interim order. After the arguments, the apex court subsequently turned down the government's plea against barring action on the sugar inquiry commission report, adjourning the case until July 14.