SHC expresses displeasure as official seeks time for comments

Karachi: Sindh High Court SHC on Wednesday expressed displeasure over the conduct of National Coordinator, Sugarcane and Sugar, who especially flew to city to attend court proceeding but did not file comments as ordered by the court.

Headed by the Chief Justice Mushir Alam, the division bench was hearing a petition seeking opening of sugar mills on time and increase in rate of sugarcane.

Sohail Muhammad Khan, National Coordinator Sugarcane and Sugar on Wednesday requested court for time to submit comments.

Petitioner, Attaullah Malookani, Secretary General of Sindh Growers Organization SGO had approached to court, submitting that growers of whole province were suffering heavy loss in sugarcane crop due to non starting of sugar mills on 1st November as per notified by the Secretary Agricultural Department Sindh for sugarcane crushing season 201213 and low prices of sugar cane offered to them.

Petitioner had stated that season of sugarcane had started in October, while Secretary agricultural through notice had fixed prices of sugar cane about Rs. 172 for 40 KG, whereas expenses were more than amount spent on cultivation of cane crop.

Petitioner had contended that non-starting of sugar mills on time had caused damage to crop and growers were unable to cultivate wheat crop which could cause paucity of wheat in coming season.

Petitioner preyed to court to direct respondents for starting of sugar mills and to increase the rates of sugar cane from Rs.172 to 250.