The Lahore High Court issued on Thursday contempt notices to Minister for Industries and Production Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, senior government officials and other respondents for not complying with its order of fixing the price of sugar at Rs40 per kg.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif and Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry directed them to explain why they had failed to implement the court order.

The court also asked the respondents to explain why they should not be prosecuted for contempt of court.

Besides Mr Wattoo the respondents are federal commerce secretary Salman Siddique, Punjab chief secretary Javed Mehmood, Pakistan Sugar Mills Association chairman Sikandar Hayat Khan and its Punjab chapter president Javed Kiyani.

The notices for October 8 were issued on a contempt petition filed by a citizen, Abdul Quddus Mughal.

The petitioner’s counsel Shafqat Mehmood Chohan has submitted that instead of implementing the order the respondents started making derogatory remarks which amounted to contempt of court.

He said that when the Lahore High Court chief justice had pronounced the order the Punjab chief secretary, who was present in the courtroom, had assured the court that its order would be complied with.

The counsel said that the chief secretary and other respondents had not only failed to get the order implemented but also joined hands with the sugar mill lobby.

He pointed out that Mr Wattoo had made derogatory remarks about the court order at meetings and media briefings.
By: Dawn News