LHC reserves verdict on plea against shifting of three sugar mills


The Lahore High Court on Friday reserved its verdict on a petition filed against shifting/relocating of three sugar mills.

Justice Ayesha A Malik heard the petition filed by JDW Sugar Mills, owned by PTI central organiser MNA Jahangir Tareen.

Earlier, the petitioner’s counsel Syed Ali Zafar submitted that under Section 3 of the Punjab Industries (Control on Establishment and Enlargement) Ordinance, there was a restriction on establishment of industrial undertaking without provincial government’s permission.

Under this section, various notifications had been issued imposing restriction on establishing new sugar mills in the province, he added.

The petitioner submitted that it was the government’s consistent position that relocation amounted to establishing a new industrial undertaking. He pleaded the court to set aside the notification being illegal.

However, the respondents’ counsel opposed the request and submitted that the relocation of mills was in accordance with law as there was no bar in this regard. He requested the court to dismiss the petition. The court after hearing arguments of the parties reserved the verdict.